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Lumileds’ George Craford Recognized for Major Contributions to LED Lighting

George Craford, Lumileds Solid State Lighting Fellow, was recently awarded the IEEE Edison Medal for “a lifetime of pioneering contributions to the development and commercialization of visible LED materials and…

George Craford, Lumileds Solid State Lighting Fellow, was recently awarded the IEEE Edison Medal for “a lifetime of pioneering contributions to the development and commercialization of visible LED materials and devices.”

Craford’s career spans from the early days when LEDs were first developed to delivery of high brightness LEDs suitable for commercial use in a variety of applications, including LED lamps. He is best known for his invention of the yellow LED in 1972. Craford then led the development of increasingly brighter red, orange and amber LEDs. In 1979, Craford began work at Hewlett-Packard, where his team pioneered the development of AlInGaP LEDs using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). MOCVD was then a relatively expensive lower volume process and had not been utilized for the high volume commercial production of LEDs. AlInGaP LEDs increased the performance of red and yellow LEDs by more than 10 times. Craford’s team continued to achieve technology breakthroughs in AlInGaP LEDs, eventually reaching 100 lm/W.

“Not only was George responsible for substantial breakthroughs in technology, but with his team, ensured that the technology could be reliably and cost effectively manufactured,” said Mark Karol, 2017 IEEE Awards Board Chair.

One can see the impact of Craford’s early work in the color LEDs now ubiquitous in traffic signals, emergency and automotive lighting. Craford’s later work focused on making white LED light cost effective for retail, office, architectural, outdoor and industrial lighting markets. In the early 2000s, his team’s work enabled commercialization of the first high power LEDs in the 10-20 lumen range. Such LEDs contributed to the creation of the first LED bulbs to meet the high efficiency and long lifecycle requirements to win the U.S. Department of Energy’s “L Prize” for a 60W-equivalent LED bulb.

Today, Craford is Lumileds Solid State Lighting Fellow at Lumileds. He is an IEEE Life Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has received numerous awards including the 2002 National Medal of Technology and the 2015 U.S. National Academy of Engineering Charles Stark Draper Prize. He has also been awarded the International SSL Alliance Global Solid State Lighting Development Award, the Strategies in Light LED Pioneer Award, the University of Illinois Alumni Distinguished Service Award, the IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Award, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the Optical Society of America Nick Holonyak Jr. Award, the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors Welker Award, the Materials Research Society MRS medal, the Electrochemical Society Electronic Division Award and the Economist Innovation Award.

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NAILD Introduces Lighting’s Forces Under 40

The National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors (NAILD) has named six young industry leaders as its 2017 “Forces Under 40”: • Ira Greenberg, CEO of Keystone Technologies in North Wales,…

The National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors (NAILD) has named six young industry leaders as its 2017 “Forces Under 40”:

Ira Greenberg, CEO of Keystone Technologies in North Wales, Pennsylvania, has overseen the emergence of Keystone Technologies as a leading competitor among lighting component manufacturers. His accomplishments include increasing sales more than 50-fold, expanding the catalog from a few dozen SKUs to more than 1,000, expanding product presence from one warehouse to 27 across North America and winning multiple awards for outstanding products from NAILD and EC&M Magazine. He founded The Fertility Fund, is a member of Wharton Executive MBA Investment Club and the Young Presidents Organization and serves on the board of directors of the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Philadelphia.

Matt John, chief strategy officer and executive vice president at Elemental LED in Emeryville, California, was the driving force in the development of Elemental LEDs patented products. He led the creation and development of key product innovations, including ClickTight Pro and SWITCHEX. He has conducted speaking engagements at many of the top electrical distributors in the nation and has been a member of panel discussions at many industry conferences. He co-founded Elemental LED and the product brand, Diode LED, in 2008. He is helping to bring the company’s final-mile production and assembly back to the United States and providing jobs in California. He enjoys participating in Alameda County Community Food Bank drives, the Holiday “Warm Coat” Drive and charity runs.

Cory Schneider, CEO of Lighting Unlimited in Scottsdale, Arizona, held every job in the company before taking over the responsibility of leading the four-store distributorship. He helped the company triple sales over the past three years, instituted a training program and started an outside sales team. He has served as chairman of the Education Committee for NAILD, as well as a NAILD board member. He helped raise more than $150,000 for Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, he is a member of Entrepreneurs Organization, a local organization that brings business leaders together to work and learn.

Guillaume Vidal, co-CEO of Green Creative in San Bruno, California, is a product development guru who has created many award-winning lighting products in the market. He has served as speaker on the Chinese supplier side at trade shows and panelist at multiple entrepreneurial events. He developed a company from nothing into a leader in the industry producing $40 million per year in sales. He also created a team in Shanghai to manufacture a product line and is active in volunteer programs in Shanghai working with migrant workers’ children.

Kevin Wolf, national distribution sales manager at Jesco Lighting in Windham, New Hampshire, has led the company into a new level of distribution by training personnel and developing customer relationships. He is a consistent sales leader, managing both local territories and a national platform. He is motivated and focused on growth and has excellent leadership skills and product knowledge. He has provided lectures at the Roger Williams Chapter International Association of Electrical Inspectors and serves as head coach of Portsmouth Pop Warner.

Cole Zucker, co-CEO of Green Creative in San Bruno, California, has brought innovation to the lighting industry and is a strong partner in the traditional distribution channel. He has given several speeches, including keynotes. His company is one of the top 100 fastest growing companies in the Bay area. He has received numerous IES awards and volunteers as a Big Brother. Zucker helped build a company from the ground up and he is always supporting and developing exceptional partnerships within distribution.

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RPI Names Mariana Figueiro New Director of Lighting Research Center

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has named Professor Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., as director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC), after serving as the center’s acting director over the past year. Figueiro…

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has named Professor Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., as director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC), after serving as the center’s acting director over the past year. Figueiro is assuming the directorship after Professor Mark Rea, who has served as LRC director since 1988. Professor Rea will continue as professor of architecture and cognitive sciences in the School of Architecture.

Figueiro has been with the LRC for 21 years, where she started as a graduate student in the LRC’s M.S. in Lighting program. She continued as a staff scientist at the LRC and in 2004, obtained her Ph.D. from Rensselaer. In 2006, she was offered a tenure-track position as an assistant professor and in 2014, was promoted to full professor. She has served as LRC Light and Health Program Director since 1999.

Figueiro is an expert in the area of light and health, with a focus on bridging science to practical applications aimed at improving human quality of life. She has made a significant impact on this developing field and continues to actively expand her influence through translational research and teaching. Figueiro is principal investigator of various research projects within the LRC, including two R01 grants from the National Institute on Aging and one R01 grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as grants from the U.S. General Services Administration and the Office of Naval Research. She regularly collaborates with lighting industry leaders such as Acuity Brands, Cree, Current by GE, Ketra, OSRAM, Philips Lighting, and USAI Lighting.

She has brought attention to the significance of light and health as a topic of public interest through her recent TEDMED talk, among numerous other invited presentations and outreach. She is the author of more than 80 scientific articles in her field of research, and is regularly featured in national media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American.

Over the past three decades, the LRC has grown from a 3,000-sq.-ft. office on the Rensselaer campus to a 30,000-sq.-ft. laboratory space with more than 35 full-time faculty and staff. During this time, the LRC has received more than $130 million in external research contracts and industry support.

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Cheryl English Assumes Presidency of the IES (2017-2018)

Cheryl English has assumed the office of President of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), succeeding Shirley Coyle. Cheryl English has been a member of the IES for 35 years. She…

Cheryl English has assumed the office of President of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), succeeding Shirley Coyle.

Cheryl English has been a member of the IES for 35 years. She has worked for Acuity Brands in a number of positions including application design, testing, education and marketing, culminating in her current position as Vice President, Government and Industry Relations. On behalf of the IES, English helped develop the Joint IDA-IES Model Lighting Ordinance, the IES classification system for Outdoor Luminaires (TM-15) and the first series of IES ED education programs. She has served on a variety of IES committees: Board of Fellows, Medal Award, Marks Award, Lighting Economics, Sustainable Lighting, Educational Materials, Education Seminars, Legislative & Regulatory and Computer. English has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award, the Fellow Award, and an IES Presidential Award.

2017-2018 IES BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lance Bennett, (Vice-President / President-Elect), Eaton’s Lighting Business
Shirley Coyle, LC, (Past President), Cree, Inc.
James Radi, (Treasurer), Shat-R-Shield

AT LARGE DIRECTORS
Susanne Seitinger, PhD, Philips Lighting
Antonio Garza, Iluminacion Total, SA de CV
Naomi Miller, Pacific Northwest Laboratory
Wilson Dau, LC, Dau Design and Consulting, Inc.
Frank Agraz, Frank Agraz
Francois-Xavier Morin, LC, LightFX

REGIONAL DIRECTORS
Jennifer Jaques, LC, (South Region), Lighting Application Sciences, LLC
Michelle (Shelly) Prew, (Midwest Region), Eaton Lighting
Antonio Giacobbe, (West Region), Acuity Brands
Rick Paradis, (Northeast Region), Synergy Investment

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LUX Names Russell Foster 2016 Person of the Year

UK-based lighting publication LUX is becoming a must-read magazine for me along with LD+A. The magazine recently awarded 2016 Person of the Year to Professor Russell Foster. Foster’s team at…

russellUK-based lighting publication LUX is becoming a must-read magazine for me along with LD+A.

The magazine recently awarded 2016 Person of the Year to Professor Russell Foster. Foster’s team at Oxford University discovered the eye’s third type of photosensitive cell, which connects to the circadian system. This discovery created the possibility of practical circadian lighting.

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Dawn De Grazio Appointed Technical Editor at IES

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) recently appointed Dawn De Grazio as Technical Editor, effective October 3. This newly created staff position will assist technical committees and IES…

dawn-degrazioThe Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) recently appointed Dawn De Grazio as Technical Editor, effective October 3.

This newly created staff position will assist technical committees and IES Staff with editing IES standards, documents, and articles for accuracy and consistency. The position requires a high level of lighting technical knowledge and the ability to accurately describe, in both verbal and written communications, the intent of IES Standards to a broad audience. De Grazio reports to the Technical Director of Standards, Brian Liebel.

Prior to being appointed Technical Editor, De Grazio was elected by members of the IES as an At-Large Director on the IES Board of Directors. She previously was employed as the Director of Customer Education for Lighting Analysts in Littleton, Colorado. She has served as a member of the several IES technical committees, including Roadway Lighting Committee, Outdoor Environmental Lighting Committee, and Marks Award Committee, and was Secretary of the Visual Effects of Lamp Spectral Distribution Committee. She also contributed to several IES publications and received the IES Distinguished Service Award in 2012. De Grazio graduated from the Architectural Engineering program at the University of Colorado Boulder.

I’ve known Dawn for a number of years, and consider her one of the most knowledgeable and dedicated professionals in our industry. This is a great move for IES and for Dawn as well. Congratulations, Dawn!

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Mariana Figueiro Named Acting Director of LRC

Mark Rea, Director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has taken an academic sabbatical for the upcoming fiscal year. During this time, Dr. Rea will focus…

Mark Rea, Director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has taken an academic sabbatical for the upcoming fiscal year. During this time, Dr. Rea will focus on developing two new LRC initiatives: the Glenn W. Bailey Memorial Fellowship, which supports activities that integrate the business of lighting into the education of graduate students at the LRC, and a program related to plant pathology and horticultural lighting. He will also continue to work on existing funded research projects.

Mariana Figueiro, LRC Light & Health Program Director, has been named Acting Director and will lead the center during this time. Dr. Figueiro has been with the LRC for 20 years, where she started as a graduate student in the LRC’s Master of Science in Lighting program. She continued as a staff scientist at the LRC and in 2004, obtained her PhD from Rensselaer. In 2006, she was offered a tenure-track position as an assistant professor and in 2014, was promoted to full professor.

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Shirley Coyle Assumes Presidency of the IES

Shirley Coyle, LC has assumed the office of President of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). Coyle is President of Cree Canada, a business unit of Cree, Inc. During her career,…

Shirley Coyle, LC has assumed the office of President of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).

Coyle is President of Cree Canada, a business unit of Cree, Inc. During her career, she has worked for several international lighting companies and has been Lighting Certified since 2000.

Coyle has been a member of the IES for 31 years and has served in several responsible capacities in the past: President of the Toronto Section, District Chair and Board of Directors. She serves on several IES committees including Roadway Lighting, Outdoor Environmental Lighting, and Street & Area Lighting. Coyle is also a committee member for several CSA Group standards committees on lighting including Roadway and Solid State Lighting.

President-Elect, 2017 – 2018:

Cheryl English, LC, Acuity Brands

IES Board of Directors:

Mark Roush, LC (Past President), Experience Light, LLC
James Radi, (Treasurer), Shat-R-Shield
Boyd Corbett, Lumato Lighting
Jeffrey J. Davis, LC, System Design Consultants
Dawn DeGrazio, Lighting Analysts, Inc.
Antonio Garza, Iluminacion Total, SA de CV
Antonio Giacobbe, Acuity Brands
Jennifer Jaques, Lighting Application Sciences, LLC
Francois-Xavier Morin, LC, LightFX
Susanne Seitinger, PhD, Philips Lighting

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Masters of Light Webcast Series

The UK’s LIGHTING Magazine recently completed a series of live webcasts, “Masters of Light.” In this series, lighting designers, artists and architects talk about their work, methods and philosophy in…

mastersThe UK’s LIGHTING Magazine recently completed a series of live webcasts, “Masters of Light.” In this series, lighting designers, artists and architects talk about their work, methods and philosophy in one-hour retrospectives hosted by the magazine’s editors.

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Tom Butters Named IES Director of Education

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) has appointed Tom Butters as the new IES Director of Education, effective August 1, 2016. This new position was established to address the growing need…

iesThe Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) has appointed Tom Butters as the new IES Director of Education, effective August 1, 2016.

This new position was established to address the growing need for continuing education courses in the lighting industry and the expanding role of education within IES for the benefit of its members. Butters will oversee the development, implementation and delivery of IES educational programs for professional development, higher educational institutions, and the public at-large. In addition, Butters will develop educational outreach tools and activities to assist lighting professionals in advancing their proficiency through continuing education. Butters will report to the Executive Vice President and work closely with the Directors of Standards and Membership Services.

Since 2007, Butters has been Director/Sr. Manager of Canlyte’s Lighting Concept Centre/Philips Lighting University, one of the busiest educational facilities in North America. He has 30 years in the lighting industry with 15 years developing and delivering lighting education programs based on IES recommendations to all segments of the industry. Butters has served as a Board Director, President, and Education Chair of the Toronto Section of the IES. He was also Vice District Chair of the IES District for Eastern Canada.

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