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Troy, NY -  8/16/2000

Mark Rea Wins Prestigious Lighting Award

Summary: LRC Director Mark Rea was recently awarded the 2000 IESNA Medal, the highest honor in the field of lighting.

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) recently presented Mark S. Rea, PhD, FIES, LC, Director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC), with its 2000 Medal for "meritorious technical achievement that has remarkably furthered the profession, art, or knowledge of illuminating engineering."

Dr. Rea received the Medal at an Honors Luncheon at the IESNA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. He was cited for his leadership as editor-in-chief of the 8th and 9th editions of the IESNA Lighting Handbook, his nearly 150 technical papers and presentations, his work on lighting technologies through the National Lighting Product Information Program, and his contributions to the development of the world's first and only Masters of Science in lighting degree at the LRC.

Before joining the LRC in 1988 as its first director, Dr. Rea was senior research officer and manager of the Indoor Environmental Program of the Building Performance Section at the National Research Council of Canada. His research interests include vision, illumination engineering, psychology, and computer imaging. He is a fellow of the IESNA, as well as a former board member. He is also a member of the Optical Society of America and the Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage. Dr. Rea received his M.S. and Ph.D. in biophysics from Ohio State University.

About the Lighting Research Center
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC conducts research in light and human health, transportation lighting and safety, solid-state lighting, energy efficiency, and plant health. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. Learn more at

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America's first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,900 students and more than 100,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.