Lighting Research Center
LRC Intranet Web mail Lighting Research Center

Press Release


Back To Newsroom

News from the Lighting Research Center
                             Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Contact:   Rebekah Mullaney
Lighting Research Center
(518) 276-7118
  Newsroom Home
  Project Posters
  In the News
  About Us
  Contact Us
Troy, N.Y. -  2/7/2018

IESNYC Awards Scholarship to LRC Student Zachary Pearson

Zachary PearsonZachary Pearson is the recipient of the third annual 2018 IESNYC Scholarship. Pearson is a candidate in the Master of Science in Lighting program at the Lighting Research Center. He is also completing his studies for a Bachelor of Architecture degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

The merit-based scholarship, valued at $25,000, is awarded to a full-time graduate student in architectural lighting enrolled in an accredited college or university in New York State. The award also includes acceptance into a mentorship program with the IESNYC (Illuminating Engineering Society New York City Section). The IES is an organization comprised of lighting designers, consultants, manufacturers, representatives, and professionals who share a mutual appreciation for and promote the art and science of quality lighting.

No stranger to architectural lighting design challenges, Pearson was a member of the student team that designed and built prototypes for the million-dollar “Breathing Lights” project, an artistic installation that regenerated interest in vacant residences in urban neighborhoods.

According to his advisor, Russell P. Leslie, RA, FIES, professor and associate director (retired) of the LRC, "Zachary excels in all areas of lighting study, in citizenship to the university and community, and in excellence in his design work. These characteristics are sure predictors that he is destined to prominence in the lighting field."

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.