IESNYC Members and Thesis Award Recipients to Speak at IES Annual Conference

August 8-10, 2019  |  Omni Louisville Hotel | 400 South 2nd St. | Louisville, KY 40202

If you are planning to attend the IES Annual Conference, register today for educational sessions being delivered by our IESNYC Members and Thesis Award Recipients. The conference begins Thursday evening August 8 — Opening Night — with the Illumination Awards Gala, followed by two exciting days of accredited educational programs, networking, skill sharpening, product demonstrations and time to relax and enjoy the camaraderie of your peers, catch up with old friends and meet new people.

The following IESNYC Members and Thesis Award Recipients will be presenting at the conference.
Visit ies.org/events/annual-conference to register.

Peter Jacobson – IESNYC Vice President
Kenneth Schutz – IESNYC Member

Friday, August 9 | 3:30pm - 5:00pm | IES Progress Report

Mr. Jacobson is a lighting specialist at Con Edison Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Programs. He is a ten year-long member of the IES Progress Report committee and will be presenting this year's Report of significant developments in the art and science of lighting and technology at the conference. The results are to be published in LD+A early 2020.

Kenneth joined Focus Lighting in 2006. As a Principal, he is Head of Project Management and concentrates on providing fixture and control technical support to the company’s designers and Construction Administration and Coordination on Focus’ projects. Kenny is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a NCQLP Lighting Certified (LC) professional.




Rinkinson Gohel – IESNYC Member and Volunteer
Thursday, August 8  |  3:30pm  | Emerging Professional (EP) Town Hall 

Lighting designer Rinkinson Gohel, MIES, LEED Green Associate, will share his experience as an Emerging Professional (EP) working in New York City.
Rinkinson is a project designer at Bliss Fasman Inc. and is currently working on Discovery Global Headquarters, New Mountain Capital, and Reston Gateway. He is a highly active member of the IESNYC and graciously volunteers his time for the Lumen Awards, Student Lighting Competition, and Programs Committees.


Aldo Jacques Espina - 2018 IESNYC Thesis Award Winner
Saturday, August 10 | 10:15am | Evaluating Mean Room Surface Exitance

Aldo Jacques Espina holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of San Carlos in Cebu, Philippines and will be presenting his award-winning thesis project at the Conference. Aldo decided to pursue a master’s degree in Lighting Design at the Parsons School of Design after noticing the lack of lighting designers in the Philippines. He is a recent recipient of an award from the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education and the 2019 IESNYC Thesis award. While studying, he was also an intern in lighting design at Syska Hennessy Group. After immersing himself in the lighting design profession, he plans to continue working as a lighting designer and aspires to bring awareness to the importance of lighting in the built environment.


Jessica Collier - 2018 IESNYC Thesis Award Winner
Friday, August 9 | 2:15pm | Potential energy effects of meeting lighting recommendations for affecting human health

Jessica joined the Advanced Lighting team at PNNL in March 2019 as a Post Masters Research Associate. Her current research is focused on emerging SSL technologies, their associated metrics and suitable applications. Prior to joining PNNL, Jessica worked as a lighting designer in New York while receiving her Masters from Parsons, The New School. Her Masters Thesis titled “Perception of Metrics: The Intersection of Color Characteristics and Quality” examined the relationship between LED light source performance metrics and subsequent human perception. Jessica holds a B. Arch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MFA in Lighting Design from Parsons, The New School.


Ukwatte L. Indika U. Perera - 2016 IESNYC Thesis Award Winner
Saturday, August 10 | 3:00pm  |  3D Printing: Can It Work for Lighting?

Dr. Indika Perera is a research scientist with the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research interests include thermodynamics, heat transfer, material characterization, and additive manufacturing of solid-state lighting components and systems.
Dr. Perera’s expertise is in the thermal management of LED lighting systems and of phosphor and down conversion materials used in LED packages, including the development of a mathematical model for predicting the temperature distribution in an LED phosphor layer.
His current research includes investigations of the thermal properties of 3-D printed heat sinks and components for use in LED lighting systems, characterizations of composite materials used in additive manufacturing, and analysis of theoretical models for predicting the thermal conductivity of 3-D printed components.


Craig Bernecker – IESNYC Member
Friday, August 9 | 9:45am | Designing with Luminance and Exitance

Friday, August 9 | 11:00am
Assessing Connected Lighting Systems and a Proposed Methodology for Assessing Daylight Harvesting;
and Daylight Evaluation: The Influence of Vertical Luminance on Visual Preference in Daylit Environment

Saturday, August 10 | 3:00pm | The Influence of Color Temperature along with Illuminance on Subjective Impressions in Lighting

Mr. Bernecker is the Professor of Lighting Design and Director of the MFA Lighting Design in the School of Constructed Environments Program at Parsons School of Design. He is founder of the Lighting Education Institute, an entity focused on professional education for the lighting industry. Mr. Bernecker previously directed the lighting program in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State University over a period of 20 years. He is also a Fellow Emeritus of the IES, past Vice-President of Technical Activities, past Vice President of Educational Activities, and President of the society from 2004-2005. He has also worked with the IES to deliver the online LC Review course for the past six years and will do so again in 2019. He also serves as Educational Facilitator for LIGHTFAIR, annually leading the development of the conference program and institute.


Jason Livingston – IESNYC Member
Friday, August 9 | 9:45am  |  An IES Recommendation for Specifying Light Source Color Rendition

Mr. Livingston is the principal of Studio T+L, a New York based firm specializing in architectural lighting design and theatre planning and design. His current projects include lighting design of interactive multi-media experiences, corporate offices, and houses of worship, as well as the planning and design of University and professional theatres. In addition to his design work, Jason has written a textbook on lighting design, published by Wiley, and is Co-Chair of the IES Color Committee.


Xingying Peng – IESNYC Member
Saturday, August 10 | 3:00pm  |  How Light Affects Orientational Decision-making

Xingying is a Lighting Designer I at The Lighting Practice and a recent graduate of the MFA Lighting Design program at Parsons School of Design, the New School. She is interested in lighting's impact on human behavior.



About The Conference

The Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference August 8-10, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky provides a range of educational programming—including workshops, seminars, immersive experiences, tours, networking, and paper and poster presentations—on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and related design disciplines. As always, professional education is paramount, with a broad selection of CEU credits available through participation at the conference.

The 2019 Annual Conference will endeavor to bring experiences, education, networking and inspiration together to foster personal and career growth.

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