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Troy, N.Y. -  8/10/2016

LRC Summer Interns Investigate Solid-State Lighting Issues

ASSIST 2016 InternsFor the fourth summer in a row, five undergraduate students spent eight weeks at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute learning about solid-state lighting and investigating technology and application issues. The LRC’s summer undergraduate research internship, sponsored by the Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST), provides an opportunity for engineering, architecture, and science students to learn from LRC experts about research into the latest lighting technologies and controls.

Solid-state lighting (SSL), including LED and OLED technologies, their associated controls, and now their connection to the Internet of Things (IoT), is a quickly evolving market. SSL is already known to save energy, reduce costs, and provide flexible, innovative application and fixture designs. Through the LRC research internship, student interns get in-depth, hands-on experience with SSL and conduct short research projects on topics related to the direction that the technology is moving. During the eight weeks, students are busy with experiment design, apparatus and prototype building, and preparing a final presentation to the corporate sponsors of the ASSIST program.

“The ASSIST-sponsored internship is a great opportunity for students to receive mentorship in a research and career field that they may not be aware of, as well as a chance to present their work to organizations that may hire them in the future,” said Nadarajah Narendran, Ph.D., the LRC’s director of research and organizer of the ASSIST program and internship.

The research projects conducted this summer included developing a metric to assess stroboscopic flicker in LED lighting systems, evaluating the benefits of task lighting for load-shedding applications, and characterizing of thermal interface materials under thermal cycling. Also, in the area of connected lighting systems, two students investigated wireless methods for luminaire location mapping and real-time monitoring, and sensor communication protocol requirements for interfacing with real-time monitoring systems.

“Each year the student interns we hire stay busy and do an excellent job at getting up to speed, developing their projects, and presenting their research to the ASSIST sponsors in just a short amount of time, thanks to the intensive mentoring from LRC staff,” said Dr. Narendran.

Applications for the 2017 summer internship will be available next January. For more information, visit

The Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST) was established in 2002 by the Lighting Research Center as a collaboration between researchers, manufacturers, and government organizations. ASSIST’s mission is to enable the broad adoption of solid-state lighting by providing factual information based on applied research and by visualizing future applications. The Lighting Research Center conducts research, demonstration, and educational activities on behalf of ASSIST. ASSIST is sponsored by Acuity Brands Lighting; Amerlux; BAE Systems; Bridgelux; Crouse-Hinds by Eaton; Current, powered by GE; Dow Corning; Federal Aviation Administration; Hubbell Lighting; Legrand; Lumens; Lumileds; New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); Noveda Technologies; OSRAM SYLVANIA/OSRAM Opto Semiconductors; Philips Lighting; Seoul Semiconductor; United States Environmental Protection Agency. Visit

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.