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.