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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 solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, energy efficiency, and plant pathology. 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."