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Troy, N.Y. -  5/3/2016

Lighting Research Center Announces Besal Lighting Education Fund Award Recipient

Dinusha Thotagamuwa, a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Lighting at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC), has been selected for the 2016-2017 Robert J. Besal Fund scholarship. Dinusha received the highest award amount given out this year.
 
Scholarships are awarded to aspiring lighting engineers ranked in the top tier of all scholarship applicants of all schools. Dinusha was selected for the merit-based scholarship for his outstanding record of academic achievement in the field of lighting, and submission of a lighting design in response to a challenge developed by the Besal Fund Selection Committee.
 
“Dinusha has demonstrated academic excellence in his studies here at the Lighting Research Center. We appreciate this recognition from the Besal Fund and their support of our students,” said Dan Frering, Director of Educational Programs at the LRC.
 
The Besal Lighting Education Fund has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships to students from accredited schools throughout the United States.  Established in honor of the late Robert J. Besal, whose career of more than 30 years in the lighting industry exemplified the high standards of knowledge, professionalism and service, the Besal Fund aspires to encourage talented and committed students to pursue a career in the lighting industry.
 
The Robert J. Besal Memorial Education Fund is a trust established to provide a continuing program to improve education in illumination engineering and to find and recognize top lighting students and encourage their pursuit of lighting industry careers. Administered and invested by the Illuminating Engineering Society, the Besal Fund is made possible by contributions from Acuity Brands Lighting, its representatives and employees. 

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 www.lrc.rpi.edu.

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.