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Friday, October 3, 2003

LRC students win optical design competition

Master’s of Lighting students Jie Chen and Yimin Gu have won the 2003 Optical Design Competition sponsored by Optical Research Associates. Cash awards are given annually to two students who submit projects showing excellence in optical design.

For his project, “LightTools Macro for Automotive Lamp Lens Design,” Chen developed a macro in LightTools software for designing an automotive headlamp with an optimum beam pattern. This work was completed as part of Chen’s thesis project for which he is investigating the relationship between disability glare and headlamp beam pattern.

Gu’s project, “Design and Evaluation of Novel Fixtures for Conference Room Application,” explored the design parameters and performance of an LED light fixture appropriate for conference rooms. Her computer-modeled fixture used light guides and white LEDs to create the several types of light distribution commonly needed in conference rooms and meeting spaces. Gu presented her fixture model during a poster presentation at the SPIE Annual Meeting—Third International Conference on Solid-State Lighting, and published a paper in the conference proceedings.

The Optical Research Associates’s competition is open those currently enrolled in a degree-granting program. This is the third year in a row that LRC students have won. LRC alum Peping Dee was a winner of the 2002 competition, and alum Feng Zhao took the prize in 2001.

“Through competitions and award programs such as ORA’s, our students continually demonstrate the caliber of the LRC’s graduate lighting education,” said Dan Frering, LRC manager of education.

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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