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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 solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, energy efficiency, and plant pathology. 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. With 35 full-time faculty and staff, 15 graduate students, and a 30,000 sq. ft. laboratory space, the LRC is the largest university-based lighting research and education organization in the world.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America's first technological research university. The university offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering; the sciences; information technology and web sciences; architecture; management; and the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Rensselaer faculty advance research in a wide range of fields, with an emphasis on biotechnology, nanotechnology, computational science and engineering, data science, and the media arts and technology. The Institute has an established record of success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace, fulfilling its founding mission of applying science "to the common purposes of life."