2015 LIGHTFAIR Keynote and Impact Speakers

Notable keynote and impact speakers are a part of the educational experience at 2015 LIGHTFAIR, which will feature 140 presenters during its five-day program May 3-7 in New York’s Javits Center (Pre-Conference LIGHTFAIR Institute: May 3-4; Trade Show & Conference: May 5-7).

Shuji Nakamura, Ph.D. is a 2014 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics and will present “The History of LED Technology to the Nobel Prize to Today’s GaN” during the Pre-Conference Institute Keynote Luncheon on May 3. This address will cover the history of LED technology from his early work which led to the Nobel Prize to today’s GaN which will lead to the next wave of Solid State Lighting. Dr. Nakamura is a professor at University of California Santa Barbara and co-founder of SORAA Inc.

Inventor Chuck Hoberman will speak as the Institute keynote on May 4 about his pioneering work in “Transformable Design” with projects that range from public art to kinetic facades to dynamic sets for live entertainment. His presentation will show how he realizes large-scale transformable structures, and takes his inventive concepts through the stages of engineering, manufacturing and installation. Hoberman is the president and founder of Hoberman Associates in New York. This keynote luncheon is sponsored by COOPER LIGHTING BY EATON, Booth 1157.

As part of the new series “Legends of Lighting,” lighting designer Howard Brandston will be featured as an impact speaker at LFI and interviewed by Chip Israel, founder of Lighting Design Alliance, for an engaging conversation on Brandston’s work and past projects on May 5. Brandston is the founding partner of the Brandston Partnership, a lighting design consulting firm based in New York. He is a past president of the IES and has received over 100 design awards. Brandston has also been an adjunct professor, guest lecturer or visiting professor for over 50 years.

Mark Rea, Ph.D. will outline that great strides have been made to reduce the cost of lighting for general illumination; however, little progress has been made to increase the benefits that lighting provides to society in “Monetizing the Benefits of Lighting” as the Impact Speaker on May 6. Dr. Rea has served as Director since the Lighting Research Center was established in 1988.

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