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Troy, N.Y. -  3/2/2017

LRC M.S. in Lighting Student Receives IESNYC Scholarship

Evan Wilson, a graduate student pursuing his M.S. in Lighting at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the recipient of a $12,500 scholarship from the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC). This merit-based scholarship is open to first-year students currently enrolled in a full-time graduate program as a degree candidate in the field of architectural lighting at an accredited college/university in New York State.

Before coming to the LRC for graduate study, Wilson received a BFA in Theater Design and Technology with a focus in lighting design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
“Evan Wilson’s background in theater and architectural lighting design primed him for advanced study in lighting to augment his design acumen with a deep understanding of emerging research technologies and he now is well positioned to bring his knowledge of light and health, connected lighting, and design metrics to an active design practice in a leadership role,” said LRC Associate Director and Professor Russ Leslie.
“The IESNYC Scholarship is essential support for expanding graduate lighting research and scholastic achievement at the highest level,” said LRC Director of Educational Programs Dan Frering. 
“The IESNYC has the great fortune of having the most vibrant and diverse lighting community in the world, which allows support of one of the most important tenets of the IES, to further education endeavors,” said Brian Belluomini, principal of Shimstone Design Studio and president of the IESNYC. “Our Section has always been a strong voice for education within the lighting community. Our support of meritorious students is one way of inspiring the next generation of professionals in the field of architectural lighting.”

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.