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Human-Centric Lighting

November 07, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers St, Suite 609
New York, NY 10007

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Experts from the fields of research, design, manufacturing, and application will participate in this conversation about human-centric lighting. Various stakeholders in the lighting community will present their work, research, and the daily real-world challenges of their professions relative to designing and delivering human-centric lighting. Please bring your questions!

This program qualifies for IES CEUs


Mariana G. Figueiro, LRC
Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., Director of Lighting Research Center and Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mariana is well known for her research on the effects of light on human health, circadian photobiology and lighting for older adults. Her research is regularly featured in national media including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Scientific American.

Christopher Gonzalez, Ketra
With a Bachelor's of Science in Aerospace Engineering and professional experience in the electrical design of controls systems for the oil and gas industry, Christopher has launched 10 of the 16 unique products in Ketra's offerings. Working on specifications from lighting designers, architects, and engineers, Christopher has witnessed from various perspectives the lighting industry's adaptation of static to dynamic lighting and analog to digital controls.

David Ciccarelli, VP Dynamic Lighting, Acuity Brands
With thirteen years of experience in solid-state lighting, Ciccarelli is responsible for guiding Acuity Brands from a technical and market-facing perspective – specifically in the transition from LEDification to fully networked mainstream dynamic lighting. In his role, he builds upon technologies from classic dynamic lighting to create new, innovative features and effects. He received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University and a M.S. in Thermo-Fluids Engineering from Northeastern University.

Chad Groshart, Atelier Ten
Chad Groshart is an Associate Director and Global Lighting Practice Leader with Atelier Ten, an international Environmental design consulting firm. Mr. Groshart, has extensive experience with high performance lighting design for public and institutional projects both in the US and overseas. He holds a Masters in Architectural Lighting Design from Parson’s the New School for Design in New York and is an adjunct instructor in that program. In 2016, 2017, and 2018 Chad donated, delivered and installed solar lighting systems in rural Haiti with graduate students from his class entitled “Lighting in the Developing World” at Parson’s.


Brent Protzman, Ph.D., is a former professor and researcher in the Building Systems Program at the University of Colorado where he focused on human factors in lighting, daylighting performance, and energy audits and simulations. With this expertise, he has unique understanding of the interactions between human-centric design, operational efficiency, and sustainability. Brent serves on the Board of Directors for the AERC (Attachment Energy Ratings Council) as well as ESFI (Electrical Safety Foundation International), on the Board of Advisors for the Light Concept of the WELL Building Standard, and on the IES Daylighting.