LEDs Magazine 40 Under 40 Profile: Jacob Steinbrecher

July 24, 2020
Steinbrecher, associate research scientist at Dow, Inc., provides technical product support to the company's customers across the lighting supply chain.

In a nutshell, the nominator said, “Jake [Steinbrecher] brings a unique blend of material science, hands-on engineering skills, and creative design expertise to the lighting industry.” For more than 10 years, Steinbrecher has served as the key technical intermediary between Dow and its customers in North America, in addition to collaborating with peers across Europe and Asia, and is regarded as “The Application Expert” in the company. He works directly with customers across the entire lighting supply chain, from fabricators to lighting designers, to understand their materials needs and how to integrate them into product developments that push the boundaries of what lighting can do in transformational designs.

Steinbrecher continually contributes to the lighting community through conference presentations and collateral materials to educate both external customers as well as the internal Dow sales force and distributors. His primary objective has been to proliferate Dow’s moldable optical silicones into markets beyond general illumination, such as automotive lighting.

Steinbrecher’s partnerships with customers have generated eight new lighting-focused silicones, resulting in six patents for silicone-based lighting materials and two lighting industry awards; Dow Performance Silicones have also been a two-time finalist in the LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards (2019 and 2020).

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