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Troy, N.Y. -  10/12/2007

Lighting Research Center Announces Lutron Scholarship Award Recipient

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) has announced the recipient of the 2007 Lutron Scholarship. Each year, a student enrolled in one of the LRC’s graduate programs is chosen to receive the scholarship, which, since 1996 has been generously supported by a $20,000 annual grant from Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.

The funds help to offset the cost of tuition for a student who demonstrates outstanding academic performance and strong leadership abilities, as well as a commitment to research in advanced lighting technologies or lighting controls. The lighting and controls industry is facing a growing challenge in controlling light to optimize applications used in healthy buildings.

“Lutron Electronics Co. continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of tomorrow’s leaders within the lighting industry,” said Mark Rea, Ph.D., LRC director. “The Lighting Research Center is pleased to work with Lutron to help cultivate these future leaders.”

This year’s scholarship recipient is Rui Qi, a second-year student from Beijing, China. Her research focuses on the effect of light and lighting on human health.

"I appreciate the opportunity to study and conduct research at the LRC," said Qi. "I believe the LRC's research in the field of light and health is on the cutting edge, and I am fascinated by the process of creating new theories from innovative ideas."

About Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.

Founded in 1961, Lutron Electronics Co. is headquartered in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. The company designs and manufactures lighting controls, architectural lighting control systems, and shading solutions for residential, commercial, and institutional applications.

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."