LEDs Magazine 40 Under 40 Profile: Kurt Liepmann

July 24, 2020
Osram Opto Semiconductors relies upon senior illumination applications engineer Kurt Liepmann to find the optimal solutions that will help customers meet SSL product design objectives.

Kurt Liepmann is another member of our 40 Under 40 Class who has worked across a broad set of applications ranging from lighting for emergency vehicles to horticultural lighting to tunable lighting for ambience and human wellbeing.

As an application engineer, Liepmann’s primary mission is helping make Osram customers’ products perform better. A colleague recalled when Liepmann developed a solar-powered sign with batteries that charged during the day and powered the sign at night. He went further and conceived a way to use the solar panel as a sensor for ambient light levels. That technology was awarded a patent in 2016.

Liepmann has spoken at our HortiCann Light + Tech conference. Moreover, he participates in the IES Testing Procedures Committee helping to create industry standards and belongs to the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers’ (ASABE) ES311 Committee that develops horticultural lighting standards.

A colleague said of Liepmann, “Customers like his openness, creativity, and ability to think outside the box to find the right solution. On his own initiative, Kurt combined his engineering and communications skills to create several comprehensive calculation tools that help customers select LEDs. Kurt saw that customers had a need for a simple tool for finding the right LEDs that would factor in many complicated issues such as drive currents, performance targets, and more.”

Liepmann earned an electrical engineering degree from Purdue University.

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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.