Events

The District of Columbia Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers. To keep abreast with our upcoming events follow the calendar below.

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Jun
3
Thu
Webinar: Meeting the Moment: Lighting and Wellness
Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryThe movement to design environments that promote human health and wellness has the lighting industry laser-focused on new metrics and tools that can be used to inform the design process. This webinar will provide a critical overview of factors that can affect nonvisual responses to light and discuss simulation techniques that may be implemented to account for daylight spectra and electric lighting contributions to meet different circadian lighting metrics. It will also present a method that aims to facilitate field studies of lighting using data from wearables.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

PRESENTERS:
Belal Abboushi Belal Abboushi, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Belal Abboushi is a senior associate lighting research engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His research examines discomfort glare, lighting uniformity, and daylight integration. Belal is currently the principal investigator for a study that explores the use of wearable devices to assess effects of indoor environmental quality (including lighting) on occupants’ well-being.

Sarah SafranekSarah Safranek, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Sarah Safranek is a lighting research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Her current research involves conducting lighting simulations and field evaluations of advanced lighting systems in support of the U.S. Department of Energy Lighting R&D program.

 

Shadab RahmanShadab Rahman, Harvard Medical School
Shadab Rahman is an associate neuroscientist in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. His primary research interest is in human circadian photobiology with the overarching goal to develop effective photobiologic countermeasures for sleep and circadian disruption. His research has provided novel insights on how light affects human physiology, which can translate to impactful changes in everyday settings such as homes and offices, healthcare facilities, and space missions.

Jun
17
Thu
Webinar: Researching Light: Current Projects from 6 labs
Jun 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

What if you could sit down and have each of the premier lighting research facilities in the United States come to you and distill their recent activities to about ten minutes each? That seems like a valuable use of time and exactly what we have organized for you. Lighting research occurring now provides a glimpse into our industry’s future. What lighting trends are being further researched and why? This is part one of a two-part webinar series. In July, we will feature labs specifically researching light & health concerns. The June and July “Researching Light” Series will be moderated by Mark Lien, Industry Relations Manager at IES.

  • Virginia Tech Transportation Institute – Dr. Ron Gibbons
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab – Kelly Gordon
  • Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications Lab – Dr. Robert Karlicek
  • Lighting Research Center – Dr. Nadarajah Narendran
  • Lawrence Berkeley Lab – Jordon Shackelford
  • Sandia National Lab – Dr. Paul Sharps

Webinar participants are eligible for one and a half (1.5) IES Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

PRESENTERS:
Ron GibbonsDr. Ron Gibbons, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
Ron Gibbons is the Director of the Center for Infrastructure Based Safety Systems (CIBSS) at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). He is the Institute’s lead lighting research scientist. He is currently the PI on projects investigating the impact of outdoor lighting on human health, the Spectral Effects of new light sources on roadways, the visibility of police vehicles and is the subject matter lead for the FHWA office Safety IDIQ contract. Dr. Gibbons is also an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Design at Virginia Tech. Gibbons is the author of over 80 published papers on roadway lighting, photometry, and target visibility. He is a past Director of Division 4 of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) and a past president of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

Kelly GordonKelly Gordon, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Kelly Gordon has been a Program Manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for 20 years. She manages the Advanced Lighting Research program with 24 team members who provide core technical support to the US Department of Energy Lighting R&D program. Kelly has focused throughout her career on lighting energy efficiency and technology development. She earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University and a BA in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.

Bob KarlicekDr. Robert Karlicek, Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications Lab
Dr. Robert F. Karlicek, Jr. is a professor of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering, and the Director of the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior RPI, he spent over 30 years in industrial research and R&D management positions related to optoelectronics, telecommunications and lighting systems with corporations including AT&T Bell Labs and General Electric. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and has over 56 peer reviewed technical papers and 48 U.S. patents.

Nadarajah NarendranDr. Nadarajah Narendran, Lighting Research Center
Dr. Narendran is a professor and director of research at Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center. He is well known for his pioneering research in the field of solid-state lighting, including LED performance improvement through novel packaging, development of accelerated life-testing methods, and the use of LEDs in high-value lighting applications. His current research focuses on 3D printing for lighting, specifically investigations of the properties of materials and 3D printed components for lighting fixtures, including mechanical, thermal, optical, and electrical subcomponents. Dr. Narendran and his research group are leading the lighting industry transformation to supply on-site, on-time delivery of cost-effective lighting components and fixtures, and thus changing the current lighting practice. Dr. Narendran has authored more than 130 articles in archival journals and proceedings and holds over 50 patents. He is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and a member of the committee on the assessment of solid-state lighting for the National Research Council of the National Academies.

Jordon ShackelfordJordon Shackelford, Lawrence Berkeley Lab
Jordan Shackelford is a Senior Scientific Engineering Associate in the Electronics, Lighting & Networks Group at LBNL. Jordan has over 10 years of experience in emerging lighting and controls technology evaluations. He works in LBNL’s FLEXLAB on experimental design, testing, and analysis, and installs and manages lighting, controls, and monitoring systems in the lab. Jordan has worked on field demonstration projects for interior commercial LED retrofits and networked controls with auto-DR, and on early utility-funded LED street lighting and advanced controls research. He holds a Masters Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford’s Atmosphere / Energy Program.

Dr. Paul SharpsDr. Paul Sharps, Sandia National Lab
Dr. Sharps is the manager of the Advanced Materials Sciences department at Sandia National Labs. He has a PhD in Materials Science from Stanford University. Prior to joining Sandia, he was involved in the development of high efficiency, III/V multi-junction solar cells for over 28 years, both at the Research Triangle Institute and at Emcore / SolAero. He has 24 US patents and over 120 conference proceedings and peer reviewed publications. He has either led or been involved with teams that have developed nine commercial products. Dr. Sharps also has extensive experience with growth, processing, and testing of III/V photovoltaic devices, as well as support of manufacturing yield improvement and process optimization.

Jul
1
Thu
Webinar: Meeting the Moment: Lighting and Control
Jul 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryIn typical practice, lighting designers are responsible for defining design intent and specifying lighting and control technology that they believe will deliver that intent. However, designers often sacrifice control over what products actually get installed, or discover a gap between expected and actual product performance that limits their ability to control characteristics of the finished environment. This webinar will examine multiple approaches to incorporating additional measures of validation, accountability, and control into the design-bid-build process, including vertical integration and digital design environments.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

PRESENTERS:
Michael PoplawskiMichael Poplawski, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Michael Poplawski is a senior engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he primarily supports the DOE Lighting R&D Program. He is the principal investigator for research focused on evaluating and characterizing new connected lighting system technologies and capabilities, exploring the potential for connected lighting systems to provide grid services, and developing related standards and specifications.

Jessica CollierJessica Collier, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Jessica is an associate lighting research engineer on the Lighting Science Research team at PNNL supported by the Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting program. Prior to joining in 2019, Jessica worked as a lighting designer in New York while completing her graduate degree. Her current research interests include light and human health interactions, emerging solid-state lighting technologies and metrics, and ways to translate research findings into practice.

Star DavisStar Davis, Design Consultant
Star Davis is an internationally acclaimed design consultant with a passion for process innovation. Balancing macro-level strategic thinking with strong technical capabilities, her approach is guided by a deep understanding of human perception, physics, product manufacturing, and construction methodologies.

Aug
9
Mon
2021 IES Annual Conference
Aug 9 – Aug 13 all-day
2021 IES Annual Conference

2021 IES ANNUAL CONFERENCE GOES VIRTUAL

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Board of Directors announces that the 2021 IES Annual Conference, originally scheduled for August 5-7 in New Orleans, will not take place in-person, and instead will be hosted in a virtual setting.

As always, the IES’s priority is the health and safety of the lighting community, including our members, staff, supporters, vendors and volunteers. While we miss you all and so hoped to see you this August, we know that the safety guidelines that will be in place would significantly change the type of event our participants are used to attending. While we continue to navigate the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 we want to make sure that when we do hold our first in-person Annual Conference post-pandemic, that it provides the value that you expect from us.

Despite the disruption we are facing, the IES is excited to bring you the opportunity to participate in the Annual Conference without having to leave your workspace. We will leverage our technology to bring our community together in a virtual setting, and to disseminate valuable, relevant and timely content. We hope that you find this year’s Annual Conference insightful, beneficial, and of the quality that you have come to expect from the IES.

Aug
12
Thu
Webinar: Meeting the Moment: Lighting and Value
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryLighting provides value in spaces, allowing them to be functional while providing visual interest and making places more desirable. Lighting value is more than the return on investment of energy or maintenance, and this webinar will discuss new industry efforts and metrics for estimating difficult-to-quantify values related to lighting.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

PRESENTERS:
Michael MyerMichael Myer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Michael Myer is a senior researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he supports U.S. Department of Energy programs including energy codes, appliance standards, and field evaluations.

 

Lisa SkumatzLisa Skumatz, SERA
Lisa Skumatz is an economist with over 38 years in solid waste research. She has conducted solid waste program and policy research around the nation, and published more than 100 articles on trash, recycling, organics, and reduction strategies. Lisa is known for her quantitative analysis expertise and she focuses on research that helps inform program decision-making by communities, states, and haulers. Lisa has spoken at more than 100 conferences, and keynoted at conferences in both the US and internationally. She is on the board of Recycle Colorado and previously was Chair of the Board for the NRC and on the board of Colorado SWANA. Lisa has won two nationwide lifetime achievement awards for her work in Solid Waste.

Aug
19
Thu
Webinar: The Update of LM-79: Optical and Electrical Measurements of Solid State Lighting Products
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Webinar: The Update of LM-79: Optical and Electrical Measurements of Solid State Lighting Products

In 2008 the IES published LM-79, “Approved Method: Electrical and Photometric Measurements of Solid-State Lighting Products.” This measurement standard for solid-state lighting products quickly became the world recognized standard for measuring LED lighting products. In 2019 the IES Test Procedures Committee (TPC) completed a comprehensive review and revision of LM-79. The revision was published as ANSI/IES LM-79, “Approved Method: Optical and Electrical Measurements of Solid-State Lighting Products.” The revision includes better guidance on how to make measurement and requirements that help to reduce measurement variations between different testing facilities. Consideration for these changes was based on information collected from NVLAP proficiency testing, independent research, and an effort to help minimize the burden on testing laboratories. Join us for our first educational session on LM-79 since the revision was published, and learn from experts in this topic Cameron Miller and Eric Bretschneider.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Sep
2
Thu
Webinar: Meeting the Moment: Lighting and Sustainability
Sep 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryThe adoption of LED lighting has tremendous environmental benefits for its reduced energy use, yet the environmental impact of lighting extends beyond energy use – from the materials used to create a lighting product, to how a product is manufactured, operated, and maintained, to disposal or re-use at end-of-life. This webinar will provide a holistic view of the environmental impacts of LED lighting across its full life cycle, including embodied carbon and emissions, hazardous material concerns, and depletion of resources. Attendees will learn about methods, tools, and resources they can use to develop and support a more sustainable and circular lighting economy.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Gabe ArnoldGabe Arnold, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Gabe Arnold is a Senior Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he focuses on development and deployment of emerging lighting technologies. He’s a principal investigator on the advanced lighting team supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lighting R&D and Commercial Buildings Integration programs.

 

Kathryn HickcoxKate Hickcox, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Kate Hickcox is a lighting research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She is a creative thinker in the field of lighting, with over 15 years of experience in both lighting research and lighting design.

 

Leela ShankerLeela Shanker, Borealis Lighting Studio, BR+A
Leela Shanker is a lighting designer with BR+A’s Borealis Lighting Studio and a contributing member to the Green Light Alliance (GLA) – an international network of lighting professionals progressing industry-led standards, research, and advocacy for circular lighting design principles. Her current work with the GLA, AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) and Carbon Leadership Forum New York chapter centers on lighting-specific issues related to Embodied Carbon and Life Cycle Assessment.

Oct
11
Mon
2021 IES Street and Area Lighting Virtual Conference
Oct 11 – Oct 14 all-day
2021 IES Street and Area Lighting Virtual Conference

CONFERENCE SCOPE

The IES Street and Area Lighting Conference appeals to a broad spectrum of attendees with a primary focus of improving outdoor lighting. The conference program provides outdoor lighting training classes, seminars, networking sessions and an exhibit hall. Attendees come from across the country and internationally representing utilities, municipalities, DOTs, consulting and engineering firms, research firms, manufacturing firms and educational institutions. The IES Street and Area Lighting Conference is the only forum specific to the interests and challenges facing outdoor lighting professionals.

IES Street & Area Lighting Conference 2021
Virtual Conference
October 11-13, 2021

Nov
18
Thu
Webinar: Understanding IoT Connected Lighting Through IES LP-12-21
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

IoT, Connected Lighting, Smart Lighting, Smart Buildings are all terms that could be used to describe this topic and it certainly can it be confusing. This presentation will delve into and summarize the recent IES Lighting Practice LP-12-21 to make sure that it is easy to understand. During our journey we will clarify the necessary terms around IoT, understand the value of the problems that connected lighting can solve, and discover different use cases and their benefits. This presentation will also explain the technologies used in connected lighting and the applications they are used in. We will outline how to specify connected lighting throughout the project life cycle. The course will explain cybersecurity requirements as well as integration and customer acceptance. Finally, the course will highlight the future state of connected lighting.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe IoT Connected Lighting terms and requirements
  • Discuss the value of the problem and how connected lighting can solve these problems for different use cases
  • Evaluate different IoT technologies, cybersecurity needs and how to apply them in different spaces
  • Understand how to specify IoT Connected Lighting through the project life cycle

HSW Objectives:

  • Attendees will recognize how connected lighting and luminaire level lighting control can be used to improve occupant performance and well being
  • Attendees will observe how connected lighting and luminaire level lighting control can provide improved safety in various space types
  • Attendees will understand how a properly designed IoT connected lighting system can and should include aspects of cybersecurity to keep business and personal information safe and secure.
  • Attendees will appreciate how a properly designed IoT connected lighting system can integrate with other building systems and how that can improve the wellness of the entire building and its occupants.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

PRESENTER:
Michael Lunn, SE Regional Specification Sales Manager, Cooper Lighting Solutions
Michael LunnMichael has been with Cooper for 25 years within the lighting control group. Holding roles of increasing responsibility from phone and field technical support, system startups, to sales and product management and Director of Product Marketing, he has now joined our Specification Sales team to bring his controls knowledge to the Specification lighting side.. Michael has a passion for lighting and controls and how the installer and end user interact with them. He is a knowledge expert on energy codes, wired and wireless networking as well as IoT applications. He provides energy code and system design guidance on many new Cooper products. He is a member of IES and is on the IES Progress Committee, Controls Protocol and IoT Committees.

Dec
16
Thu
Webinar: Deciphering the Language of Landscape Lighting
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Landscape lighting is like a foreign language. We need to learn how to navigate it and to properly employ the nuances that make the ‘magic’ we do with light. Learn about sculpting the night with light from Jan Moyer, a pioneer in providing clients with night environments they can relish.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

PRESENTER: Janet Lennox Moyer, FIALD, AOLP COLD
Janet MoyerJan began her lighting design career in 1976. She began specializing in landscape lighting in the mid 1980s and wrote the essential book used around the world, The Landscape Lighting Book, first released in 1992 and now in its third edition (Wiley, 2013). Over her career, she has worked on projects large and small, from the Defense Intelligence Agency’s first home in Washington, DC, to winery caves, entertainment gardens, and botanical gardens. Jan has taught lighting design since undergraduate school at UC Berkeley, Rutgers, and the Lighting Research Center, among others. She founded the International Landscape Lighting Institute (ILLI), a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization that provides landscape lighting education classes in the U.S. and abroad. Jan has amassed a wealth of knowledge that she shares in the 10 session on-line learning program available through IES, IES Learning: Learn Night Light: Observe, Design, Refine. In addition, she has begun work on a full-color design book scheduled for release in late 2021, The Art of Landscape Lighting: A Designer’s Companion, which will provide inspiration for designers through her learnings over more than 45 years of lighting design.