LEDs Magazine 40 Under 40 Profile: Kandice Cohen

July 24, 2020
Honoree Kandice Cohen of Trane Technologies focuses on bridging the gap between building systems such as lighting and HVAC.

Kandice Cohen has spent her career focused on the science of illumination and controls to enhance the quality of the lit environment for the benefit of occupants, as well as to maximize energy savings that achieve the goals of building owners and efficiency programs. As the director of lighting strategy for Trane Commercial HVAC, part of global climate innovator Trane Technologies, Cohen focuses on bridging the gap so building systems such as lighting and HVAC no longer live in silos. The industry is now poised to begin the smart building revolution — a vision that has been and continues to be Cohen’s central focus. She has a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from Lehigh University and has spent 15 years in the lighting and HVAC industries.

Prior to the advent of LEDs in mainstream lighting, Cohen developed expertise in lighting control systems and has worked closely with utility energy-efficiency programs and energy services companies (ESCOs) to demonstrate the value of controlling light so it is used only where and when it is needed. Cohen is a frequent speaker on smart building technology at LED industry events, including Strategies in Light, the IES Annual Conference, LightFair International, and the US Department of Energy (DOE) Solid-State Market Development conferences. Moreover, she has conducted more than 30 Advanced Lighting Controls training sessions for the DesignLights Consortium (DLC).

She has provided career coaching for peers and invested her time into the promotion of efforts to engage girls into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs and careers to guide the next generations into these fields. Cohen has provided presentations to over 7000 K‒12 students at the DOE Solar Decathlon conferences, encouraging them to explore STEM careers.
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Carrie Meadows | Editor-in-Chief, LEDs Magazine

Carrie Meadows has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing and media industry. She worked with the PennWell Technology Group for more than 17 years, having been part of the editorial staff at Solid State Technology, Microlithography World, Lightwave, Portable Design, CleanRooms, Laser Focus World, and Vision Systems Design before the group was acquired by current parent company Endeavor Business Media.

Meadows has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards, and has volunteered as a judge on several B2B editorial awards committees. She received a BA in English literature from Saint Anselm College, and earned thesis honors in the college's Geisel Library. Without the patience to sit down and write a book of her own, she has gladly undertaken the role of editor for the writings of friends and family.

Meadows enjoys living in the beautiful but sometimes unpredictable four seasons of the New England region, volunteering with an animal shelter, reading (of course), and walking with friends and extended "dog family" in her spare time.

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Maury Wright | Editor in Chief

Maury Wright is an electronics engineer turned technology journalist, who has focused specifically on the LED & Lighting industry for the past decade. Wright first wrote for LEDs Magazine as a contractor in 2010, and took over as Editor-in-Chief in 2012. He has broad experience in technology areas ranging from microprocessors to digital media to wireless networks that he gained over 30 years in the trade press. Wright has experience running global editorial operations, such as during his tenure as worldwide editorial director of EDN Magazine, and has been instrumental in launching publication websites going back to the earliest days of the Internet. Wright has won numerous industry awards, including multiple ASBPE national awards for B2B journalism excellence, and has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards. He received a BS in electrical engineering from Auburn University.