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Troy, N.Y. -  8/12/2018

Business Experts Panel to Discuss Path Forward for Lighting Industry at LRC Conference

The lighting industry continues to be in a state of rapid transformation. New technologies and new business models are forcing the industry to rethink what it means to be a lighting company in the 21st century. To understand and address this issue, the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is bringing together leaders from the lighting industry, policy makers, and business development experts for a panel discussion on the future of lighting and industry stewardship in this time of change, as part of the LRC Partner-Alliance Event, to be held September 5-6 in Troy, New York.   

To begin the discussion, each panel member will present a brief summary of their views of where the lighting industry is going, and the challenges and opportunities they see over the next ten years. They will then engage in a moderated discussion with other attendees of the LRC Partner-Alliance Event with the goal of developing a roadmap for the industry during this time of transition. 

Participants include:

*Lori Brock, Head of Innovation Americas, OSRAM

*Govi Rao, President & CEO, Noveda Technologies (Moderator)

*Paul Schoemaker, pioneer in the field of decision sciences and business strategy

*Randy Reid, Founder and Publisher, EdisonReport

*Priscilla Richards, Team Lead, Codes, NYSERDA

*Mark Lien, Industry Relations, Illuminating Engineering Society 

Last week the LRC announced that Paul Schoemaker will give the keynote at the event. Dr. Schoemaker will highlight lessons learned from the past as well as emphasize the importance of collective leadership for industry survival.
This event is free for all LRC Partners, Alliance members and special guests. If your company or organization is listed on this page, or if you received an invite from the LRC, then you are welcome to attend! To register for the event, please contact Rebekah Mullaney at
LRC Partner-Alliance Event
September 5-6, 2018
Troy, New York
This program has been made possible thanks to generous funding from the Glenn W. Bailey Memorial Fellowship.
About the Glenn W. Bailey Memorial Fellowship
Glenn W. Bailey was a major force in lighting. Under his leadership, Genlyte became one of the two largest luminaire companies in North America with a company culture focused on productivity and openness. In 2010, the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation provided an endowment to the LRC memorializing Glenn Bailey’s contribution to the lighting industry. The stated objective of the endowment is to provide support to the LRC to establish closer ties with lighting manufacturers with a strong presence in the United States.

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.