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Troy, NY -  4/19/2001

Optical Research Associates establishes a scholarship at the Lighting Research Center

Optical Research Associates (ORA®) is providing funding for a one-year "Optical Research Associates Scholarship in Lighting" and research assistantship for a second year graduate student in the MS in Lighting Program at the Lighting Research Center for the 2001-2002 academic year.

The scholarship will support studies exploring fundamental issues in optical design and applications of optical computer modeling to lighting. The research assistantship will support the student's thesis work in the area of optical modeling and experimental verification of a luminaire for Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) using optical ray tracing software (LightTools®), developed by ORA®.

Robert S. Hilbert, President and CEO of Optical Research Associates, said ORA® has an excellent relationship with the Lighting Research Center and its students. "This scholarship," said Hilbert, "is a wonderful way for us to work with the LRC in supporting the advancement of lighting design and innovation."

Founded in 1963, Optical Research Associates (ORA®) is a leader in the optics industry both as the world's largest independent optical engineering services organization, and as the developer of the world's leading optical design software, CODE V® and LightTools®. Employing more than 50 engineers, ORA® provides imaginative, cost-effective optical design solutions.

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.