What's so smart about Smart Lighting Control Systems?

Sandra M. Stashik, PE, FIES, LEED AP

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Sandra M. Stashik, PE, FIES, LEED AP, is Director of Specification Sales with Acuity Brands Lighting.  Sandra develops and manages collaborative partnerships with key specification customers, works with agents to support their specifiers and to promote new architectural products.  Sandra received a degree in Architectural Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University.  Following her completion she worked for 30 years in architectural lighting design, developing designs for both interior and exterior projects including; corporate offices, retail, educational facilities, campus master plans, bridges and streetscapes.  Prior to joining Acuity, she was a Principal in a Philadelphia based lighting design firm, Grenald Waldron Associates, with projects worldwide.

Sandra is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society and serves on the Progress Committee and the Lighting for Outdoor Public Spaces Committee.  She also served on the IES Technical Review Council and Distinguished Service Award and Fellows Committees. Stashik is also an affiliate member of the IALD and a member Lighting Industry Resource Council. Stashik is a registered Professional Engineer and LEED AP.   She has given presentations throughout the country and Canada, at Lightfair, for IES Conferences, DOE LED Conference and AIA Conference.

Mariana Figueiro Presenter
Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., is Director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) and Professor of Architecture and Biological Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy NY. Dr. Figueiro is well known for her research on the effects of light on human health, circadian photobiology, and lighting for older adults, including using light to improve sleep, behavior and mood in Alzheimer’s disease patients. She is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society. She is the author of more than 80 scientific articles in her field of research and has brought attention to the significance of light and health as a topic of public interest through her recent TEDMED talk.


Wednesday, March 14: 3:00 PM  - 4:30 PM 

Conference Session 


Light-dark patterns reaching the retina are the major synchronizers of our biological clock to the local time on earth. Circadian disruption resulting from too little light during the day or too much light in the evening has been associated with a series of maladies, including diabetes, obesity, and even cancer. Recent work Redd and colleagues showed that 30-min of morning light significantly reduced fatigue in breast cancer patients who had completed treatment. This panel will present and discuss the development and testing of a lighting fixtures designed to deliver a circadian-effective dose to cancer patients undergoing bone marrow transplant. Outcome measures collected included sleep, melatonin levels, depression and fatigue scores. Preliminary results will be discussed.


• Learn about basics of circadian system and how circadian disruption may affect health and well-being

• Learn about lighting characteristics affecting circadian rhythms and how they differ from current lighting standards for visibility

• Discuss research using light to treat cancer fatigue in homes and healthcare environments

• Discuss the fixture specifications and challenges associated with developing and installing circadian lighting in hospital facilities 

Rethinking urban pedestrian lighting metrics

Susanne Seitinger Co-Presenter
Public Sector Marketing
Philips Lighting

Susanne Seitinger works with civic leaders and designers to develop smart cities that leverage digital lighting for safe, inviting and responsive urban environments. Since joining Philips in 2012, she has worked on key projects from relighting the Zakim Bridge in Boston to Internet of Things projects for Los Angeles. Lightbridge – an interactive installation in honor of MIT’s 150th anniversary – and Light for public space demonstrate how she combines architecture, urban planning and human-computer interaction.

She received a BA from Princeton University as well as a Master’s in City Planning and a PhD from MIT. Her dissertation Liberated Pixels: Alternative Narratives for Lighting Future Cities explored the aesthetic and interactive potential for future lighting and display infrastructures. Susanne is a sought after speaker and commentator on the future of light and Smart Cities.

Leora Radetsky Presenter
Lighting Research Center Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy , NY 

Leora Radetsky is a research scientist at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with expertise in outdoor lighting, lighting software, product testing, lighting controls, daylighting, and circadian rhythms. Her current research activities include product performance testing and evaluations, roadway lighting demonstrations, and horticultural lighting for pathogen and pest control. Ms. Radetsky is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society, and is active on the roadway lighting committee and several subcommittees. She was awarded an IES Regional Technical Award in 2014 for her significant scientific contributions to the field of illumination. Ms. Radetsky has a B.S. in Architectural Engineering with an Emphasis in Illumination from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an M.S. in Lighting from RPI.

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Its mission is to advance the effective use of light for society and the environment. The LRC has been pioneering research in solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, and energy efficiency for 30 years. 

Wednesday, March 14: 9:00 AM  - 10:30 AM 

Conference Session 

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