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IESNYC Announces Recipients of 2020 Thesis Awards

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) honored Kasia Kozak,  MS in Lighting, at the Lighting Research Center (LRC), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI); Trinetra Manickavasagam, MFA Lighting Design Parsons the School of Design, and Ivan Zamora, Master of Professional Studies in Lighting Design at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), on October 28, 2020 when they presented their winning theses to a virtual audience of lighting professionals. The IESNYC awarded each recipient $2,000.

The IESNYC Thesis Awards recognizes degree candidates at graduate-level lighting programs in New York State, though this year, the presentation was held post-graduation.  Selected by their professors, each one of the three theses demonstrate excellence in design and/or research, and represent the intellectual insight, rigor, and quality standards as set forth by their respective school departments and each student’s thesis committee.

The recipients:

Kasia Kozak earned her MS in Lighting at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in May 2020. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology where she graduated in 2016.

Thesis: Evaluating LED Street Lighting Upgrades for Troy, New York

The motivation for the project was that the city of Troy, NY (where the LRC is based) had announced an upcoming plan to convert the city’s streetlights to LED. At the start of the project various LED fixtures were under consideration by the City. This project intended to provide a recommendation on what LED fixtures would provide the most value to the City. Value was considered not only by the decrease in energy consumption, but also in the improvement of the lighting conditions. The project concluded with the development of a customizable streetlight fixture recommendation tool. It is based on the use of a criteria ranking system that allows the resulting recommendation to adapt to the needs of different parts of a city. By using the recommendation tool to evaluate a combination of factors, light fixture recommendations were determined.


Trinetra Manickavasagam is an MFA Lighting Design Graduate from Parsons School of Design, with an undergraduate degree in architecture. She was also one of two recipients of the 2020 Richard Kelly Grant.

Thesis: The Study of Potential Colour Shifts in White LEDs While Dimming in Order to Understand the Measured Aspects of Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT) and other Colour Metrics

The lighting industry relies on metrics to report, evaluate and predict how a fixture is going to perform. The general assumption and conventional wisdom are that LEDs do not change in CCT when dimmed unless they are warm-dim technology. Is this an assumption or reality? Information regarding CCT and other properties like SPD, CRI and CIE chromaticity coordinate values of LEDs, when they are dimmed is not readily available. This study focuses on evaluating white LED’s when dimmed by evaluating the measured changes in advanced metrics like the TM-30, CIE chromaticity and CRI for different sources.



Ivan Zamora received his Master of Professional Studies in Lighting Design (MPS-L) in New York School of interior Design. He earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador in 2019.

Thesis: Jordan in Nature

Nature can provide us with the most beautiful designs. Multiple phenomena of nature are implemented in this sports store. The stars, sun, moon, and thunder take over the store. Jordan represents power in its brand and combined with the dominant elements in nature, the store offers a unique experience to its customers. Three floors are part of the store, each with a unique concept: outer space, the sunrise, and the aurora borealis. Technology is in charge of transforming these elements into light fixtures that will provide staff and customers a wonderful place to shop and work.

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Craig DiLouie


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