Advancing the effective use of light for society and the environment.

Tuesday, April 6, 2004

LRC expands graduate education program

In the coming academic year, the Lighting Research Center will expand its graduate education programs. In addition to the highly successful two-year Master of Science in lighting degree, which has become a leading degree program in the field of lighting, the LRC will offer two new graduate degrees: a one-year master's degree and a doctoral degree in architectural sciences with a concentration in lighting.

Concentrated master's degree now offered for lighting professionals

The LRC envisions that the Master of Science in architectural sciences with a concentration in lighting will allow people who have previous experience in the lighting industry or lighting design profession to enroll in a concentrated, multidisciplinary program in lighting research and design. Daniel Frering, the LRC’s manager of education, said this new two-semester, 30-credit program will open the door to higher education in lighting to more people. “Many people are not able to enroll in the two-year program because of the difficulty of leaving their jobs for an extended period of time. This new program will require only a nine-month commitment and will allow students to gain advanced knowledge and cutting-edge research experience in lighting in a concentrated period.” The existing M.S. in lighting program, he says, remains the premier masters program in the field of lighting and will continue to be offered here at the LRC. And with increased interest over the years in a program that offers even higher academic credentials, the LRC will offer a new Ph.D. program.

Rensselaer School of Architecture begins Ph.D. program

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has received final approval from the New York State Department of Higher Education for a Ph.D. in architectural sciences with concentrations in a variety of areas including acoustics, computational design, architectural technology, and lighting. This will be one of the first interdisciplinary doctoral degrees to be offered by a major university in the field of architecture. The LRC will begin accepting applications for the Ph.D. program beginning this summer and hopes to enroll the first candidates in the coming academic year. Candidates will be able to enroll from a variety of backgrounds including architecture, engineering, science, and other related disciplines. The LRC expects most students to enroll in the M.S. in lighting program and then continue on to the Ph.D. if they qualify and desire the higher degree. However, students with existing master's degrees in related fields could be accepted directly into the Ph.D. program.

Frering said the LRC expects this degree to include formal courses in such areas as the physics of light, lighting technology, design, research design, and human factors of lighting. “This degree will also allow students to concentrate their research in a particular area of interest. The LRC is excited to be able to offer this new doctoral degree program that will allow students more time to concentrate on in-depth research in lighting.” The Ph.D. program will help to provide lighting experts with the credentials needed to teach in colleges and universities and work in leading research facilities around the world.

The development of the new graduate programs in lighting was made possible by the generous support of the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education, an endowment fund supporting college-level programs that further the understanding of light in architecture.

For more information about the LRC's Graduate Education program, please contact Daniel Frering, manager of education, at or telephone 518-687-7149.

About the LRC

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting. Founded in 1988, the Lighting Research Center has built an international reputation as a trusted and reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications, and products. Its mission is to advance the effective use of light and create a positive legacy of change for society and the environment.

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