Congratulations to the 2017 Thesis Prizes Recipients:
Valerie Chengyi Qin, Parsons School of Design, School of Constructed Environments and Valeria Terentyeva, Lighting Research Center

May 2017

The IESNYC Thesis Prize is an annual $1,000 award given to two graduating students whose thesis projects demonstrate excellence in design and/or research and best represent the intellectual insight, rigor and quality standards as set forth by the respective school department and the student’s thesis committee.

Valerie Chengyi Qin thesis focuses on lighting that is common in the preoperative holding area in healthcare environments where patients often experience anxiety before surgery.

Valeria Terentyeva thesis is titled, "Analyzing theoretical models for predicting thermal conductivity of composite materials for LED heat sink applications."



Parsons School of Design Thesis Prize – M.F.A. Lighting Program
The thesis project is the culmination of study in the program and is a year-long self-guided project which includes research, a written essay, and a studio based design problem in which the student completes a comprehensive analysis of a chosen topic that questions conventions, standards and applications associated with the practice of lighting design.

Lighting Research Center at RPI Thesis Prize – M.S. Lighting, M.S. Architectural Sciences with a concentration in lighting, PhD, Architectural Sciences Programs
The thesis project is an intensive student-initiated project using original research or design evaluations to test hypotheses. Each student works closely with a faculty advisor and committee on the development and execution of his or her thesis project. The results are presented in a thesis and demonstrate the student’s mastery of an area of lighting. The LRC has both the facilities and the faculty to support a wide range of thesis topics. Students are encouraged to develop their own interests and build on their previous academic or professional experience. Thesis topics can be geared toward a research or a design aspect of lighting. Each year the LRC has seen more unusual and imaginative thesis topics introduced, reflecting the students’ diverse backgrounds.