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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Lighting Research Center Announces Lutron Scholarship Award Recipient
By Mary Cimo
Lutron Scholarship recipient
Kenneth Appleman receives Lutron Scholarship

The Lighting Research Center has announced the recipient of the 2005 Lutron Scholarship. The funds are used to offset the cost of tuition for a graduate student in the LRC’s Master of Science in Lighting program who demonstrates outstanding academic performance and strong leadership abilities, as well as a commitment to research in advanced lighting technologies or lighting controls. 

The scholarship is generously supported by a $20,000 grant from Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., and has been awarded annually since 1996.

“Lutron has demonstrated a strong commitment to leadership development within the lighting industry, and the Lighting Research Center is pleased to work with Lutron to help cultivate future industry leaders,” said Mark Rea, Ph.D., LRC director.

This year’s scholarship recipient is Kenneth Appleman of Green Island, N.Y., a second-year student in the program. His research will merge lighting automation technology with the study of light and health, developing advanced methods for applying light that are effective to the body’s circadian system. Applications for Appleman’s research include treatments for sleep disorders and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

“I am honored to have been selected from such a strong group of candidates,” said Appleman.

He describes himself as an inventor with a fascination with lighting innovation, and he hopes to one day develop a company that stems from his work at the Lighting Research Center. 

Appleman was one the key architects of the Prodigy Internet service and founding chief technology officer of He earned a master’s degree in computer science from Pace University and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

About Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
Lutron, headquartered in Coopersburg, Penn., designs and manufactures lighting controls, architectural lighting control systems and shading solutions for residential, commercial and institutional applications.

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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