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March 2009
Lighting Research Center Graduate Student Wins National Lighting Award

Rosa Capů Rosa Capó, a second-year LRC master's student, was selected to receive one of two national scholarships from the Besal Lighting Education Fund, which aspires to encourage talented and committed students to pursue a career in the lighting industry.

As a 2008-2009 Robert J. Besal Fund Scholarship recipient, Ms. Capó will receive $4,000 to support her graduate studies. She is currently studying daylighting design and developing creative ways to combine daylight with electric light to develop home and office environments that save energy and are aesthetically pleasing.

Ms. Capó's scholarship application included a computer simulated model of an office that combined daylighting, direct and indirect fluorescent lighting, and occupancy sensor technology along with specific color schemes for office materials, undercabinet lighting designs, and task lighting that occupants could control. The result was an energy-efficient, productive environment that was stylish and inviting.

Prior to attending the Lighting Research Center, Ms. Capó earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus.

You can learn more about Ms. Capó and the Besal Lighting Education Fund in an article that ran in Inside Rensselaer.

About the Lighting Research Center

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N.Y., and is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting. The LRC offers the world's premier graduate education in lighting, including one- and two-year master's programs and a Ph.D. program. Since 1988 the LRC has built an international reputation as a reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications, and products. The LRC also provides training programs for government agencies, utilities, contractors, lighting designers, and other lighting professionals. Visit

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