The Illuminating Engineering Society New York City Section (IESNYC) awarded its annual Thesis Prizes to Aditi Govil, MFA Lighting Design, Parsons School of Design and to Ukwatte L. Indika U. Perera, Ph.D., a research scientist at The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

The Thesis Prize recognizes degree candidates of graduate-level lighting programs in New York State. The winners presented their projects on May 19, 2016 and received a cash award of $1,000.


Aditi Govil’s thesis is titled, “A Walk in a Woman’s Shoes: Re-thinking Lighting in Urban Nightscapes.” She argues that the female urban experience is very different than the male experience. While danger can’t be eliminated by changing just one factor, perception of fear can be influenced by lighting.

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Ukwatte L. Indika U. Perera, PhD’s thesis is titled, “Thermal Analysis of LED Phosphor Layer.” LED white light is commonly produced by combining LED emission with the re-mission from an excited phosphor layer. In this dissertation, a theoretical model demonstrating both light and heat transfer in the phosphor helps identify factors influencing heat generation. An experiment was conducted to validate the utility of a dedicated phosphor layer heat sink design to improve product life.

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