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Troy, NY -  10/15/2002

LRC Faculty are Keynote Speakers at International Lighting Conference

Lux Pacifica 2002, an international lighting conference held in New Delhi India recently, invited two Lighting Research Center (LRC) faculty members to give Keynote Addresses.

Prof. Russ Leslie's address, "Lighting Matters," discussed the latest trends in the U.S. Lighting Industry and the relevance of lighting research in our everyday lives. Professor Leslie is acting director at the LRC. Dr. N. Narendran's address, "Lighting Revolution - Solid-State Lighting," discussed the new technology that is poised to revolutionize the lighting industry. Dr. Narendran, director of research at the LRC, is leading a team of researchers working on the use of solid-state lighting for general illumination. Two graduate students from the LRC also gave talks on the topics of Light Pollution and Daylighting and Productivity at the conference.

Lux Pacifica is a lighting body that represents 60% of the world's population. Among its members is the Indian Society of Lighting Engineers (ISLE), a professional organization in the field of illuminating engineering. ISLE has expressed interest in working with the LRC to implement energy conservation programs in India. Dr. Narendran met recently with senior government officials of India to talk about potential collaborations. Dr. Narendran will prepare two "Approach Papers." The first will focus on identifying areas within India where further scientific work and goal setting is necessary. A group of LRC students will travel to India while a group of young scientists from India will visit the LRC in order to conduct a focused study and produce a continued approach paper. Dr. Narendran will also prepare an "Approach Paper" on recommendations and involvement of the LRC on the India's lighting labeling procedure.

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 solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, energy efficiency, and plant pathology. 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. With 35 full-time faculty and staff, 15 graduate students, and a 30,000 sq. ft. laboratory space, the LRC is the largest university-based lighting research and education organization in the world.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America's first technological research university. The university offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering; the sciences; information technology and web sciences; architecture; management; and the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Rensselaer faculty advance research in a wide range of fields, with an emphasis on biotechnology, nanotechnology, computational science and engineering, data science, and the media arts and technology. The Institute has an established record of success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace, fulfilling its founding mission of applying science "to the common purposes of life."