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Troy, N.Y. -  9/6/2007

Lighting Research Center receives scholarship support from W.A.C. Lighting

Funding will support a graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutes Lighting Research Center

W.A.C. Lighting has bestowed a scholarship to support a graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC). The W.A.C. Lighting Scholarship will offset the cost of tuition for a student enrolled in one of the graduate degree programs offered at the LRC.

“Scholarship sponsors are forward-looking companies demonstrating a strong commitment to leadership development within the lighting industry,” said Russ Leslie, Chair of the Graduate Programs in Lighting at the LRC. “Education is a key component of that development, and we are grateful to W.A.C. Lighting for their generous support of our educational programs.”

The first recipient of the W.A.C. Lighting Scholarship is Yi-wei Liu, a second-year student in the MS in Lighting Program. “Yi-wei is an excellent student in this arduous program,” said Dan Frering, the LRC’s manager of education. “His research in advanced lighting technologies will assist not only W.A.C. Lighting but the entire lighting industry in advancing energy-efficient lighting.”

The two-year, 48-credit MS in Lighting Program immerses students in lighting research and application and culminates with an original thesis project under the guidance of a faculty member. The LRC offers Master’s and PhD programs that are flexible and can be designed for professionals interested in advancing their careers or for traditional students planning to enter the lighting field. More information about educational opportunities at the LRC is at

Yi-wei Liu said the W.A.C. Lighting Scholarship will provide him with the support he needs to pursue his education. “I truly appreciate W.A.C. Lighting and its support of lighting education. I look forward to joining the lighting industry in the future,” he said.

“W.A.C. Lighting is proud to support the Lighting Research Center’s graduate education,” said Tony Wang, the company’s co-founder and CEO. “We view our scholarship as an investment in the future of the lighting industry,” he added.

The LRC has worked with W.A. C. Lighting in the past. It recently developed a lighting curriculum for W.A.C. Lighting, to help them train their staff.

About W.A.C. Lighting

Founded in 1984 by Tony and Tai Wang, W.A.C. Lighting is based in Garden City, New York, where it also operates one of two distribution centers; the other is in City of Industry, California. Its engineering, product development, and manufacturing operations are based in China. The company achieved ISO 9001 Certification in 2000. W.A.C. Lighting offers a renewed commitment to excellence in all facets of its business. The mission of W.A.C. Lighting is “to become the most recognized and respected lighting company in the industry, through product innovation and dedicated service.” Visit to discover the latest technologies and designs in track, recessed, monorail, undercabinet, display, and decorative lighting.

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 has been pioneering research in solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, and energy efficiency for more than 30 years. 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."