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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

LRC Announces Lutron Scholarship Award Recipient
By Mary Cimo
Huiying Wu, Lutron scholarship winner
Huiying Wu, Lutron scholarship winner

The Lighting Research Center has announced the recipient of the 2006 Lutron Scholarship. The funds are used to offset the cost of tuition for a student enrolled in one of the LRC’s graduate programs 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 Huiying Wu, a second-year student from Hebei Province, China. Her research focuses on white LED color separation issues. Although white LED technology is rapidly advancing, color separation remains an issue that could impede LED success in the marketplace.

“I believe LEDs are the catalyst for a lighting revolution,” said Huiying. “The opportunity to participate in LED product development was my motivation for coming to the United States and enrolling in the Lighting Research Center’s graduate program.”

Upon completing her degree, she plans to secure a job in the LED product development market and eventually return to China to contribute to the Chinese lighting industry. 

Huiying earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University in China. Her research activities there included analyzing the thermal performance of high-power LEDs.

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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