Lighting Research Center Staff, Alumni Named "40 Under 40" Leaders by LEDs Magazine

July 29, 2020

Rensselaer's Lighting Research Center is proud to announce that two staff members and three alumni have been named as up-and-coming professionals in the LED and solid-state lighting industry by LEDs Magazine. The five were chosen for the magazine's "40 Under 40" list of leaders, which was published in the July 2020 issue.

Research Scientist Charles Jarboe and Research Scientist Indika Perera were recognized for their pioneering and creative research work and for their collaborations within the industry. Jarboe's work is focused on the area of light and health and the effects of lighting on the human circadian system. He has been instrumental in developing lighting apparatus and devices for LRC studies into the spectral sensitivity of the circadian system and how colored light affects sleep quality, mood, and performance. Perera's work has centered on LED package and system materials, including thermal management solutions, optical design, and system life and reliability. His most recent investigations are in the field of 3D printing for lighting and how 3D printing machines and materials can be used successfully to produce lighting fixtures and components.

Additionally, LRC alumni Basar Erdener, Christopher Hartswick, and Robert Soler were chosen by the magazine for their innovations and contributions to the solid-state lighting field. Both Jarboe and Perera are also LRC alumni. 

"We are very proud of our staff and alumni for receiving this recognition," said LRC Director Mariana Figueiro. "It is a testament to the quality and rigor of the LRC's research and educational programs."

For more information about their accomplishments, read the LEDs Magazine's, "Focus on 40 Under 40" article.

About the Lighting Research Center

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC conducts research in light and human health, transportation lighting and safety, solid-state lighting, energy efficiency, and plant health. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. Learn more at

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America's first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,900 students and more than 100,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.


Rebekah Mullaney

Manager, Research Communications

Lighting Research Center

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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