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Troy, N.Y. -  4/11/2013

LRC Professor Nadarajah Narendran Serves on National Academy of Sciences Solid-State Lighting Committee


Nadarajah Narendran, professor and director of research at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was invited to serve on the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee on the Assessment of Solid-State Lighting, which last week released its report reviewing the development and future impacts of solid-state lighting (SSL). The Assessment of Advanced Solid-State Lighting provides an objective and independent assessment of current SSL technology and its future potential to accommodate new minimum efficiency standards for lighting, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007). The report also estimates research and development needs and costs in order for light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting technologies to overcome barriers and achieve widespread acceptance.
The NAS committee, consisting of 14 experts from academia and industry, was formed by the National Research Council with funding from the United States Department of Energy at the request of Congress through its authorization of EISA 2007. The committee’s key findings and recommendations expressed in the report are expected to help guide future SSL technology research and development.


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.