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Monday, October 30, 2006
LRC Partners: It's the Collaboration

By Keith Toomey

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Part of the Lighting Research Center’s continued success in accomplishing its mission to advance the effective use of light is its ability to work collaboratively with other universities, government agencies, and industry.

Recently, the LRC held its annual Partners Day event, in which representatives from Partner organizations gather at the LRC to review the latest research results and discuss lighting trends, needs, and ideas for the future. This collaboration ensures that many voices are heard as the LRC plans future research activities.

The LRC’s mission is designed to create a positive legacy for society and the environment. The diversity of LRC Partners reflects that mission. Partners include Boeing, the California Energy Commission, GE Lighting, Genlyte Group, Hunter Fan Company, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Philips Lighting, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and Xcel Energy.

The LRC’s Director of Energy Programs and head of the Partners Program, Peter Morante, said he is pleased with the LRC’s ability to bring such a wide range of organizations together. “I’m happy to say the Partners feel that improving the effective use of light is the cornerstone of the LRC’s mission. It’s nice to know we’re succeeding.”

Govi Rao, vice president and general manager of solid-state lighting at Philips North America, provided the keynote address at the Partners Day event. He challenged the LRC, universities, and industry to collaborate and improve our education system and allow for adaptability. Gaps in education, ambition, and sheer numbers of qualified people must be plugged if the United States is going to remain a world leader, Rao said.

The LRC is currently accepting new Partners. Forward looking companies and organizations consider their support of the LRC an investment in their future. Visit the LRC Partners Program Web site (www.lrc.rpi.edu/programs/partners/) for more information.


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 www.lrc.rpi.edu.

Contact:lrcnewsletter@rpi.eduPhotos & Graphics:Dennis Guyon
Editor:Keith ToomeyWeb Production:Joann Coffey
Contributing Writers:Jennifer Taylor, Keith Toomey
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