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NECA Appoints David Long as CEO

The National Association of Electrical Contractors (NECA) recently announced that T. David Long has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer.

The National Association of Electrical Contractors (NECA) recently announced that T. David Long has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer. Long will officially join the NECA staff on April 1.

With more than 40 years’ experience in electrical contracting, David currently serves as the President of Miller Electric in Jacksonville, Florida. He brings demonstrated experience in strategic planning and organizational growth, as well as leadership and mentorship of substantial teams. A dedicated NECA volunteer, David has held many roles within the association, including serving on the Board of Governors, Executive Committee and Council of Industrial Relations and most recently culminating as President of the Association.

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SSL Program Manager Jim Brodrick to Retire

LD+A has reported that James Brodrick, program manager for the Department of Energy’s Solid-State Lighting Program, is retiring after 23 years of service.

LD+A has reported that Dr. James R. Brodrick, program manager for the Department of Energy’s Solid-State Lighting Program, is retiring after 23 years of service.

Brodrick was the architect of DOE’s strategy to accelerate development, adoption, and standardization in LED lighting. More recently, he launched an initiative to examine connected controls.

LD+A writes:

Brodrick’s work has led to changes that have already resulted in significant energy savings, and promise even greater savings in the future. As acknowledged by two National Academy of Science reviews, the DOE SSL Program under Brodrick’s leadership serves as a model federal R&D program for achieving maximum R&D results.

I believe this DOE program made a positive impact in the lighting industry, from R&D support to independently testing products to promoting standardization to supporting consumers.

Click here to read LD+A’s article about Brodrick’s retirement.

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Orbit Publishes Novel by LightNOW Editor

Orbit, the sci-fi imprint of Hachette Book Group, one of the largest fiction publishers in the world, today released my dark fantasy novel ONE OF US.

Orbit, the sci-fi imprint of Hachette Book Group, one of the largest fiction publishers in the world, today released my dark fantasy novel One of Us. Working with a major publisher like Orbit is a dream come true for me.

One of Us is a meditation both on prejudice and what it means to be either a human or a monster. The Washington Post recently listed it as one of the best three sci-fi novels coming out this month. Click here to learn more about the novel by reading this terrific review by Starburst, a British sci-fi magazine.

One of Us is available in hardcover in all physical and online bookstores as well as in eBook and audiobook formats. If you enjoy reading dark fantasy fiction, I hope you’ll check it out.

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Lance Bennett Assumes Presidency of IES (2018 – 2019)

Effective July 1, 2018, Lance Bennett assumed the office of President of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), succeeding Cheryl English.

Effective July 1, 2018, Lance Bennett assumed the office of President of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), succeeding Cheryl English.

Bennett has been in the lighting industry for over 30 years, and has been with Eaton’s Lighting Business for over 24 years. He is responsible for global sales of all specification products for the US based division.

Prior to his current role, he served in a variety of capacities for Cooper Lighting, from regional sales to area vice president in the US. Bennett’s previous global experience includes opening the first international office for a large, US based, multinational lighting controls company, as well as product development and marketing.

Bennett, who is an engineer by education, is a member of IES and International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Lighting Industry Resource Council as well as corporate member of the United States Green Building Council and American Institute of Architects Cornerstone Partner. Bennett also serves on the Board of the International Landscape Lighting Institute. He previously served on the Board of the IALD Education Trust.

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NAILD Welcomes New President Cory Schneider

Cory Schneider, LC, who is CEO at Lighting Unlimited, Inc. in Scottsdale Arizona, has been named president of the National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors (NAILD).

Cory Schneider, LC, who is CEO at Lighting Unlimited, Inc. in Scottsdale Arizona, has been named president of the National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors (NAILD).

Joining Schneider on the NAILD board are president-elect Spencer Miles of Pacific Lamp & Supply, Seattle, Treasurer Matt Thesing of One Source Lighting, Grand Junction, Colorado, immediate past president Robin Watt of C.N. Robinson Lighting Supply, Baltimore, Josh Brown of Keystone Lighting of North Wales, Pennsylvania and Kevin Wolff of Jesco Lighting of Port Washington, New York.

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NLB Appoints Cary Mendelsohn Chair

Cary S. Mendelsohn, CLMC, has been elected chair of the National Lighting Bureau (NLB), the lighting education foundation.

Cary S. Mendelsohn, CLMC, has been elected chair of the National Lighting Bureau (NLB), the lighting education foundation. Mendelsohn, the CEO and owner of Imperial Lighting Maintenance Company (Chicago, IL), represents the interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO) on the NLB board of directors.

Howard P. Lewis, who was elected NLB vice chair, represents the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and is associated with Spectro Lume, LLC. Raymond E. “Ray” Kasmark, Jr., the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ (IBEW’s) director of business development, was elected secretary/treasurer.

Mendelsohn has been extremely active in the lighting industry for more than four decades, having served on the NALMCO board of directors for eight years, including two years as the organization’s president. He earned his Certified Lighting Management Consultant (CLMC) designation through NALMCO and is also a recipient of NALMCO’s Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Mendelsohn has also served on the IES Maintenance Committee since 1988 and has been an active member of the National Lighting Bureau for more than 20 years.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Cary some years ago and admire his professionalism and dedication to the industry. The NLB made a great choice in appointing him chair.

Congratulations, Cary!

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Zachary Pearson Earns IESNYC Scholarship

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) recently announced that Zachary Pearson, a candidate in the Master of Science in Lighting program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), is the winner of the third annual IESNYC Scholarship.

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) recently announced that Zachary Pearson, a candidate in the Master of Science in Lighting program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), is the winner of the third annual IESNYC Scholarship.

This merit-based scholarship comes with a monetary value of $25,000 to support a full-time, graduate degree candidate in architectural lighting enrolled in an accredited college or university located in New York State.

Congratulations!

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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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