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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 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."