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Troy, NY -  11/20/2000

OSRAM SYLVANIA Donates $100,000 to Rensselaer's Lighting Research Center in Honor of Lighting Scientist

Summary: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center will name a new laboratory after OSRAM SYLVANIA lighting scientist Dr. Robert Levin on Friday, December 1, as Sylvania donates $100,000.

The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, will accept a $100,000 donation from OSRAM SYLVANIA and name a new laboratory after OSRAM SYLVANIA lighting scientist Dr. Robert Levin, at a special ceremony to be held at the LRC's new facility at 21 Union St. in downtown Troy at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 1, 2000.

The 'Robert Levin Photometry Laboratory' is a room more than 860 square feet in size in which every surface is painted matte black. The black is necessary to accurately measure light quantities. The room is also used for experiments requiring near total darkness, such as an evaluation for DaimlerChrysler of new dashboard lighting systems, and testing of an innovative OSRAM SYLVANIA lighting system for automotive taillights.

The ten-year partnership between the LRC and OSRAM SYLVANIA has been a long and successful collaboration between academic and corporate research. During that time, Dr. Levin has served as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the LRC, imparting the knowledge gained from his 37 years at Sylvania Research and Development to the 24 students in the LRC's Master of Science in Lighting program. Dr. Levin teaches from both his technical and business experience, contributing to courses on lighting physics and optics, and to the Leadership in Lighting seminar, which introduces students to the inner workings of the lighting industry.

Dr. Levin is well-known and well-decorated within the lighting profession. He holds more than 45 patents on lighting technologies, including an infrared floodlight for security cameras and optical systems for headlamps, photocopiers, and projectors. In 1995, he earned the highest award in the lighting profession, the Gold Medal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. Fellow Gold Medal winner, LRC Director Dr. Mark S. Rea, will accept the donation from OSRAM SYLVANIA, and give a speech honoring Dr. Levin, at the laboratory dedication ceremony.

"The support of OSRAM SYLVANIA, and all our manufacturing Partners, is key to the success of our mission to advance the effective use of light for society and the environment," Rea said. "The Robert Levin Photometry Laboratory represents the necessity of working cooperatively with industry, so that our research can reach beyond the dark testing rooms to the real world."

OSRAM SYLVANIA, a Siemens company, is one of the three largest lighting and precision materials and components companies in the world. Their full line of Sylvania light source products includes the virtually mercury-free fluorescent Octron® Ecologic® lamps.

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.