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Troy, NY -  10/5/2001

Lighting Research Center Innovative L.E.D. Lighting Institute Overwhelming Success

The first-ever LED Lighting Institute, conducted by the Lighting Research Center (LRC) of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, brought 25 lighting designers, engineers, and other professionals together to learn about what is probably the fastest growing technology in the lighting industry: Light Emitting Diodes.

With the nation focusing more and more on energy efficiency, demand for the unique Institute has been strong-so strong that the LRC has already filled a second LED Lighting Institute now set for November, and organizers are planning a third for early next year. "We expected the Institute to be popular," said Dr. Nadarajah Narendran, Director of Research at the LRC, "but even we were surprised by the number of people applying to attend."

The LRC will teamed up with leading LED (light emitting diode) systems manufacturers and energy efficiency organizations to provide the two-day course for lighting system designers, manufacturers, architects, lighting specifiers, and other professionals who were interested in learning more about this rapidly evolving lighting technology.

The LRC designed the Institute to provide in-depth training and hands-on experience in working with the latest LED technologies for a variety of applications. This seminar is ideal for anyone interested in taking advantage of the explosive boom of LED lighting applications. LED technology is now found in an increasing number of automotive, outdoor, retail, and decorative applications.

Dr. Narendran, who led the seminar, is one of the world's leading authorities in LED and solid-state lighting technologies. He developed the two-day curriculum to cover many aspects of LED technology and applications. Subjects include state-of-the-art technology, lighting design, and human factors.

"In addition to classroom activities, students attending this institute learned through hands-on experience in the field," said Dr. Narendran. "This is far more than a typical seminar on LED technology. This is for professionals who are serious about keeping up-to-date in this rapidly changing industry."

Assisting Dr. Narendran in the interactive learning sessions were LRC faculty and researchers, including Dr. John Van Derlofske and Sandra Vasconez, as well as experienced optical designers.

Participants who complete the course successfully earn an LED Lighting Institute Continuing Education Certificate from the LRC. Students benefit by the small class size: enrollment is limited to just 25. The fee for the seminar is $750, which includes continental breakfasts, buffet lunches, and one dinner, as well as all course materials and manuals.

For more information about upcoming seminars, contact Dan Frering, Director of Education at the Lighting Research Center at 518-687-7149, or email at, or visit

Sponsors of this event include Color Kinetics, Inc., GELcore, LumiLeds, Opto Technology, Inc., OSRAM/Sylvania, Inc./OSRAM Opto Semiconductor, Inc., New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and United States Department of Energy.

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."