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Troy, NY -  7/20/2000

Indians Participating in Lighting Course at LRC

Summary:The Lighting Research Center is hosting 19 professionals from India for an intensive two-week course in lighting and lighting technologies.

Nearly 20 architects, lighting engineers, and educators from India have traveled more than 8,000 miles to come to the Lighting Research Center (LRC) for two weeks of classes on lighting that will enable them to return to India and in turn educate others on the principles of lighting and various lighting technologies.

More than half of India's one billion people rely on non-electric sources of light. As electrification efforts proceed, it will be important to use energy-efficient lighting technologies to mitigate the impact on the environment and energy resources while providing the safety, educational, health, and other benefits of lighting.

"While I was in India last fall to give a lecture, the Indian Society of Lighting Engineers (ISLE) asked me if the LRC would be able to provide intensive lighting training to a relatively small group of architects and educators who could then pass that training on to others when they returned home," said Russell Leslie, the LRC's associate director. "We've put together an intensive two-week course that is being taught by several members of the LRC's multidisciplinary faculty."

The two-week course for the Indian participants includes units on the basic principles of lighting, light sources, luminaires (light fixtures) and accessories, international lighting standards, energy-efficient lighting, daylighting, lighting calculations, test cases, future developments, light effects on people, lighting design, and research.

"We are very excited about this opportunity to be trained at the world's premier lighting research center by nine of the world's leading lighting specialists," said Pranab Bandyopadhyay, president of ISLE and a consultant with Philips India Limited who worked in Philips' Lighting Division for more than three decades. "We look forward to an ongoing collaboration with the LRC as the lighting industry in India continues its efforts to advance the level of lighting expertise in our country."

While they are in Troy for the next two weeks, the LRC's Indian visitors will also share their knowledge of Indian history, culture, and current affairs with the LRC's faculty and staff.

About the Lighting Research Center
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC has been pioneering research in solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, and energy efficiency for more than 30 years. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. LRC researchers conduct independent, third-party testing of lighting products in the LRC's state of the art photometric laboratories, the only university lighting laboratories accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP Lab Code: 200480-0). In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. With 35 full-time faculty and staff, 15 graduate students, and a 30,000 sq. ft. laboratory space, the LRC is the largest university-based lighting research and education organization in the world.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America's first technological research university. The university offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering; the sciences; information technology and web sciences; architecture; management; and the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Rensselaer faculty advance research in a wide range of fields, with an emphasis on biotechnology, nanotechnology, computational science and engineering, data science, and the media arts and technology. The Institute has an established record of success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace, fulfilling its founding mission of applying science "to the common purposes of life."