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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 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."