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Troy, N.Y. -  9/23/2015

Zia Eftekhar to Give Keynote at LRC's Partner-Alliance Event

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is pleased to announce that Zia Eftekhar, Former Chairman and CEO of Philips Lighting North America will give the keynote at the LRC Partner-Alliance Event at Franklin Plaza this October 14th.

His talk is titled “The future of lighting, a personal view.” He will speak about the future of lighting, the future of the lighting industry, and the role of lighting research and education. “I will draw from the past, but the talk will be essentially my view of the future,” said Eftekhar.

“Zia Eftekhar is part of a rare breed of lighting industry professionals who have the hindsight of 40-plus years of experience,” writes Elizabeth Donoff of Architectural Lighting magazine in this 2011 interview. “His first job was with Lightolier as a junior designer, a position he took so that he could earn money for his post-graduate work in industrial design. Eftekhar went on to carve out a prominent career at Lightolier, and successfully saw it through two acquisitions, first with the Genlyte Group and then with Philips.”

Eftekhar held a number of executive positions with Philips, culminating with the position of Chairman and CEO of Philips Lighting North America. Since his retirement from Philips in 2013, he has remained broadly involved in the lighting industry on a pro bono basis.

About the Partner-Alliance Event
The LRC will hold its annual event for Partners and Alliance Members from October 14-15, 2015. Alliance meetings will be held on October 14, followed by dinner at Franklin Plaza. LRC's Annual Research Conference and Open House will be held on October 15, where LRC researchers will present their latest findings and projects completed over the past year.



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.