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Troy, NY -  1/18/2002

Lighting Research Center Staff Earn Lighting Certification

Four LRC staff pass NCQLP examination

Four Lighting Research Center (LRC) staff members have earned the credential "LC" (Lighting Certified).

The following individuals recently completed National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) certification process:

  • Andrew Bierman, M.S., L.C., Lighting Systems Specialist, Photometry Manager, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture
  • Jennifer Brons, L.C., Research Specialist-Lighting Applications
  • Dan Frering, L.C., Manager of Education
  • Sandra Vasconez, L.C., Manager of Project Development, DELTA Program Manager, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture

Through a stringent testing process, the NCQLP certifies practitioners who demonstrate that they have acquired a broad knowledge base and the understanding and ability needed to apply lighting principles and techniques successfully. The NCQLP, a non-profit organization founded in 1991, promotes effective and efficient lighting practice. It is primarily a volunteer organization supported by a broad cross section of industry and trade groups, government agencies, research groups, and professional organizations.

"We're very proud of Andy, Jen, Dan, and Sandra," said Dr. Mark Rea, LRC Director. "Their commitment to excellence is one of the reasons the LRC is a leader in lighting research and education."

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.