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Troy, NY -  3/19/2001

Lighting Research Center Director elected Fellow of Lighting Society in U.K.

Mark Rea, Ph.D., FIES, LC, FSLL, the Director of the Lighting Research Center, has been elected a Fellow of Great Britain's Society of Light and Lighting (FSLL).

With more than 2,100 members worldwide, the Society of Light and Lighting is the largest professional body for lighting in the United Kingdom. The Society grants the designation of Fellow only to lighting professionals who meet strict requirements, including holding a responsible position in light and lighting for at least ten years, and making a significant contribution to the field of light and lighting.

Dr. Rea, who is also a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, last year received the prestigious 2000 IESNA Medal, the highest honor in the field of lighting. Rea has written nearly 150 technical papers and presentations, and has contributed significantly to the development of the world's first and only Masters of Science in lighting degree at the LRC.

Before joining the Lighting Research Center 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, photobiology, illumination engineering, psychology, and computer imaging. He is a member of the Optical Society of America and the Commission Internationale de l'Éclairage. 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.