Conference Program


1. Introduction and IES Society Update | Jennifer Jaques, IES President; Owner, Lighting Application Sciences

Jennifer entered the lighting industry in 1995 when she joined Wide-Lite Corporation and worked for five years as an application engineer. She founded Lighting Application Sciences, LLC in 2000 to provide photometric and technical services to a variety of clients from large corporations to small start-up companies. These services include: lighting design verification through calculations, IES file format standardization, catalog logic creation/review, Photometrically accurate high definition renderings and animation, and lighting design recommendations.

She’s been LC certified since 2007 and is the Authorized Texas instructor for all levels of the Lighting Analysts’ AGi32 lighting software.

She has been a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society since 1995. During that time, she served in many leadership roles with the Austin section. She was IES Conference steering committee chair in 2012 and 2013, and 2014 advisory member. In 2013 and August 2018, she received the IES Presidential Award for her work in efforts to promote the society. As IES South Regional director for two terms, she worked with districts 3 and 4 and served as their voice on the IES board of directors. In 2018-2019 her service included board liaison for the Membership Advisory Panel, and chair of the Global Development Committee. She is currently the IES President for 2019-2020 working on, among other things, the next 5-year strategic plan for the society.

2. 3-D Printing and Light Fixture Prototyping 1 CEU CREDIT | Matt Hartley, Owner, Matt Hartley Lighting

Additive manufacturing, better known as 3-D printing, is gaining ground and fueling interest as lighting companies see lower cost solutions for creating custom products. Matt will share how 3-D printing can work today for lighting and what technology improvements are still needed for future success.

Matt Hartley provides lighting design services, expert witness on sufficient lighting levels, manufacturing services review, and teaching of lighting science courses.

3. Designing Hotels in the Caribbean | Don Sterritt, Architect, LHDI; President of Architects’ Association of NB

Local NB Architect Don Sterritt has been working on the design and supervision of numerous hotel projects for a number of resort developers through the Caribbean area since 1985. Don’s design and supervision methods have helped local architectural groups to enhance their architectural skills on modern developments. New resort complexes as well as major renovations to existing resorts has integrated new technology and ultra-modern designs into buildings to provide tourists with five-star facilities integrated into local style buildings. Don will also talk about the opportunities for electrical engineering consultants, lighting sales agencies and light manufacturers to get involved in hospitality projects in the Caribbean area.

Don has provided architectural service on institutional, commercial and recreational complexes throughout the Maritime areas as well as Caribbean areas.

4. Deep Data in Enterprise Portfolios | Mike Skurla, Director of Product Strategy, BitBox USA

The concept of deep data is abstract, yet data regularly surround us in our daily lives. Building technologies have increasingly become more communication friendly with advances in control automation and the advent of IoT. Yet connected data is only as useful as how it is interpreted into useable and actionable information. Building structures have leaped to data enablement; however, they have only started the final step in the journey to harnessing the data into useable information by the masses. This seminar bridges that gap and discusses the frameworks in the market now that are rapidly moving to fill this void by unifying lighting, building automation, and software service companies to offer a genuinely immersive and interactive intelligent building ecosystem driven by outcomes. The role of lighting is changing, and with that, its professionals need to understand cross-functional desires and advantages outside of the traditional art, safety, and compliance requirements. Vast actionable outcomes can be produced by collecting the data of all building technologies through newer IoT frameworks. These outcomes go far beyond diagnostic information and allow clients to not only save on CapEx and OpEx but impact core operation of the institution or company occupying the space.

Mike Skurla brings 22+ years’ experience in control automation and IoT product design with Fortune 500 companies, focused on the intersection of software and hardware, with emphasis on outcome-based analytics for mission-critical industries across commercial building, retail, healthcare, and data center infrastructure management (DCIM). A well-recognized thought leader, and a contributor to several industry publications including Critical Facilities and LD+A, he is a frequent lecturer on advanced usage of analytics and emerging IT technologies to foster efficiency within the commercial facility design. He is a contributing member of ASHRAE and IES. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science/Programming with a minor in management from Western Illinois University. He is LEED AP BD+C and AP O+M certified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

5. RP-8-18 Design and Maintenance of Roadway and Parking Facility Lighting 1 CEU CREDIT | Ron Gibbons, Ph.D., Virginia Tech

This Recommended Practice is a compilation of lighting design techniques and criteria, all offered for quality roadway lighting solutions including:

  • Roadway Lighting
  • Lighting for Parking Facilities
  • Tunnel Lighting
  • Roadway Lighting Maintenance
  • Roundabout Lighting
  • Residential Street Lighting
  • Toll Plazas
  • Lighting the Roadway in Work Zones
  • Selection, Installation, Operations and Maintenance of Roadway Lighting Control Systems
  • Photometric Measurement of Roadway and Street Lighting Installations
  • Photometric Measurement of Tunnel Lighting Installations
  • Addressing Obtrusive Light (Urban Sky Glow and Light Trespass) in Conjunction with Roadway Lighting

Ron Gibbons is the Director of the Center for Infrastructure Based Safety Systems at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). He is also the institute’s lead lighting research scientist. He is currently the PI on projects investigating the Spectral Effects of new light sources on roadways, the visibility of police vehicles and on an investigation into the adaptive lighting of roadways. Dr. Gibbons is also the PI and Project Manager for a safety IDIQ project sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and a subject matter expert for the National Surface Transportation Safety Center of Excellence. Gibbons is the author of over 80 published papers on roadway lighting, photometry, and target visibility. He is the current Director of Division 4 of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) and a past president of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

6. Intelligent Emergency Lighting Enhances the Smart Building | Kevin Smee, VP Sales, AimLite

Emergency and exit lighting are a necessity in nearly every building. How can these systems be integrated into a modern digital world? Can these systems be networked for monitoring, testing and maintenance? What about control and interaction with other life safety systems? The latest innovation and future of emergency lighting technology will be discussed in this presentation.

Kevin Smee has been in the lighting industry for the past 38+ years and has worked for Lumacell, Lux-net, Beghelli and is currently the VP of Sales for AimLite. He has been an instrumental part in developing and bringing to market the emergency lighting which is being installed today.

8. Lighting Calculations: Who, What, Why, and How 1 CEU CREDIT | Jennifer Jaques, IESNA President; Owner, Lighting Application Sciences

Attendees will gain a general understanding of the difference between Quality and Quantity of Light and become familiar with various lighting software programs and considerations when selecting a software to use. The need for lighting calculations will be discussed along with the factor and information needed to produce the most accurate calculations. Realizations and considerations of software programs and their accuracy when conducting calculations will be shared.

For Jennifer’s Bio please see Technical Session #1

9. A Story of Caribbean Life | Local Dominican Republic Historian

A “Local Character” with a wealth of knowledge on the islands history will take you back to 1400 AD when the island was inhabited by the TAINO, an ARAWAKAN people who named the island AYITJ. In 1942, Christopher Columbus named the island La Isla Española which later became HISPANIOLA and later Dominican Republic.

10. New IES Membership Opportunities and Update | Jennifer Jaques, IES President; Owner, Lighting Application Sciences

A “Local Character” with a wealth of knowledge on the islands history will take you back to 1400 AD when the island was inhabited by the TAINO, an ARAWAKAN people who named the island AYITJ. In 1942, Christopher Columbus named the island La Isla Española which later became HISPANIOLA and later Dominican Republic.

For Jennifer’s Bio please see Technical Session #1

11. Adaptive Roadway Lighting 1 CEU CREDIT | Ron Gibbons, Ph.D., Virginia Tech

“Adaptive Lighting” is now being used to define the concept of varying lighting levels to suit activity levels. With today’s wireless work, new emerging technologies like adaptive lighting are being brought to the market. Such technology can reduce energy consumption and improve operations and maintenance. Those who design, own and operate roadway lighting systems need to source out and apply such technology.

For Ron’s Bio please see Technical Session #5

12. Open Ceiling Design | Jean-Luc Vincent, LC, MIES, Solution Sales Manager, Acuity Brands

This presentation takes a look at lighting for modern open-ceiling applications. A number of trends are actively shaping the way we work, and architecture is responding. The implications to lighting are examined, and important questions relative to conventional design methodology are raised. A number of attributes are explored, leading to more apt depictions of both quantity and quality of light. Alternative metrics and a new lighting layer for interpersonal collaboration are proposed.

It is after a major in Environmental Design at Université du Quebec that Jean-Luc Vincent entered the Lighting industry as an Industrial Designer. During its thirty-three years of experience in the industry, Jean-Luc has developed a true passion for successful quality lit environments and continues to be driven by new technologies to finding new ways to resolve lighting application challenges. Known in Canadian Atlantic Regions as Regional Sales Manager for more than 25 years, Jean-Luc joined Acuity Brands in 2015 as Solution Sales Manager. Involved with IES Montreal since the 90s where he served as Section President, he is now IES District 1 Vice Chair.

13. Augmented Reality in Lighting Design | Nam Cho, Sr. R&D Manager – Innovation, Cooper Lighting Solutions

Advancements in augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) technologies are allowing architects, designers and specifiers to experience and interact with lighting in a whole new immersive way. These tools offer real-time calculation and visualization of lighting prior to sampling or rendering.

  • AR vs VR – what is it and where is it going?
  • Learn existing and relevant AR/VR applications in designing and specifying lighting.
  • How do these technologies work to benefit lighting design?
  • Explore a demo on capabilities and options with various fixtures and connected lighting solutions.

Nam Cho leads the global R&D and Innovation teams for Cooper Lighting Solutions. He is responsible for emerging technology strategy, innovation, and overall R&D planning and execution of traditional lighting, connected lighting systems, and control platforms for multiple verticals including smart homes, smart cities, smart stadiums, and smart buildings.

14. Conference Round Table Discussion | Matt Hartley, Owner, Matt Hartley Lighting

To round off the conference, Matt Hartley will lead us through a recap of the conference technical program highlighting exciting, controversial and interesting topics and questions that came up over the course of the three days of presentations. From the beginning of the conference, you will be encouraged to think about each topic presented, ponder the trends and future outlook of the lighting industry and engage your fellow lighting enthusiasts in a thoughtful discussion to finish off the conference.