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Troy, N.Y. -  11/26/2007

Lighting Research Center Announces ASSIST Scholarship Award Recipient

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) has announced the recipient of the 2007-2008 ASSIST Scholarship. ASSIST (Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies) is a consortium of researchers, manufacturers, and government organizations working together to identify and reduce major technical hurdles currently facing solid-state lighting.

“ASSIST is a driving force in the solid-state lighting research community,” said Mark Rea, Ph.D., LRC director. “ASSIST members are committed to moving LED technology forward, and we are grateful that they see value in helping us to develop tomorrow’s solid-state lighting leaders, an important part of the LRC’s mission.”

The ASSIST Scholarship has been awarded to Tianming Dong, a 3rd year Ph.D. student at the Lighting Research Center. Dong’s research is focused on understanding the thermal issues of high-power LEDs and developing thermal management strategies for LED light fixtures. “My goal is to optimize the thermal performance of LED lighting systems so that LEDs operate at the lowest possible temperatures,” explained Dong. His studies include heat sink design for LED lighting systems and thermal packaging materials.

“Tianming Dong has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and strong leadership abilities and is helping to advance research in solid-state lighting technologies, which is very important to ASSIST and to the LRC,” said N. Narendran, Ph.D., director of research and the head of the solid-state lighting program at the LRC.

Dong says receiving the ASSIST scholarship is encouraging him to continue with his efforts in ASSIST projects and to remain closely involved with the latest developments in solid-state lighting applications. Upon completing his degree, he plans to enter the solid-state lighting industry, working on LED system development and integration. Prior to enrolling at the LRC, Dong earned a masters degree in physics at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He earned his bachelor’s degree in lighting in 2004 from Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

“I am grateful to ASSIST sponsors for supporting my PhD study,” said Dong. “I am also grateful to Dr. Narendran for exposing me to a challenging series of meaningful projects.”

About ASSIST (

The Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST), established in 2002 by the Lighting Research Center, seeks to advance the effective use of energy-efficient solid-state lighting and to speed its market acceptance. ASSIST is a collaboration between researchers, manufacturers, and government organizations, with a goal of identifying and reducing the major technical hurdles currently facing solid-state lighting. On behalf of ASSIST, the LRC conducts research, demonstration, and educational activities. Beyond technical research, ASSIST has been active in fostering discussions between traditional luminaire manufacturers and LED manufacturers. Through this work, ASSIST is helping LED technology to gain widespread use in lighting applications that can benefit from this rapidly advancing light source.

ASSIST members include:

Federal Aviation Administration
Industrial Technology Research Institute(ITRI)
GE Lumination (formerly known as GELcore)
LED Effects
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Philips Lighting/Color Kinetics, now Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions
Photonics Cluster (UK)/The Lighting Association
Seoul Semiconductor
United States Environmental Protection Agency

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."