Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.
PEKKA HAKKARAINEN is Vice President of Government and Industry Relations at Lutron Electronics. He has held several technical, market development and business development positions since joining Lutron in 1990. Pekka has been involved in NEMA activities since the mid-1990’s and he is the immediate past Chair of the Lighting Systems Division. Pekka currently chairs the High Performance Building Council as well as the Daylight Management Council. He has also served on the Board of the Global Lighting Association, and is the current Chair of the General Assembly of the Connected Lighting Alliance. Pekka is also a voting member of the ASHRAE 90.1 Committee, and a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. He has served on two committees for the National Research Council charged with evaluating public spending on solid state lighting. Pekka received a B.A./M.A. degree in mathematics from Cambridge University, England, and a Ph.D. in plasma physics from MIT. He holds seven U.S. patents.
Evelyn L. Hu
EVELYN L. HU (NAS/NAE) is the Tarr-Coyne Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering in the Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Prior to her appointment at Harvard, Dr. Hu was the scientific co-director of the California Nanosystems Institute, a University of California, Los Angeles-UCSB collaborative California Institute for Science and Innovation. Her research focuses on high-resolution fabrication of compound semiconductor electronic and optoelectronic devices, candidate structures for the realization of quantum computation schemes, and novel device structures formed through the heterogeneous integration of materials. Dr. Hu is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Academica Sinica. She is a recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Lifetime Mentor Award and was named an NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar. She was named the 2005 UCSB Faculty Research Lecturer. She is a fellow of the IEEE, APS, and the AAAS, and holds an honorary doctorate of engineering from the University of Glasgow. From 1975-1981, Dr. Hu was a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories at Holmdel, New Jersey. From 1981 to 1984 she served as a supervisor for VLSI patterning processes at Bell Laboratories at Murray Hill, New Jersey. In 1984 she joined UCSB as a professor of electrical and computer engineering. She received her B.A. in physics (summa cum laude) from Barnard College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
NADARAJAH NARENDRAN is director of research at the Lighting Research Center and professor in the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He spearheads LRC’s SSL program with concentrated research efforts in the areas of LED lighting performance, packaging, and application. He is a fellow member of IESNA and organizes the Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies. He has been awarded the Taylor Technical Talent Award for Best Technical Paper from the IESNA and the Pew Teaching Leadership Award. Dr. Narendran received a B.S. in physics from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and Ph.D. and M.S. in physics from the University of Rhode Island.
Maxine L. Savitz
Honeywell Inc. (Retired) [Retired]
MAXINE SAVITZ (NAE) is a retired general manager of technology partnerships at Honeywell, Inc. Dr. Savitz was vice president of the National Academy of Engineering from 2006-2014. She has managed large R&D programs in the federal government and the private sector. Some of her positions include the following: chief, Buildings Conservation Policy Research, Federal Energy Administration; professional manager, Research Applied to National Needs, National Science Foundation; division director, Buildings and Industrial Conservation, Energy Research and Development Administration; deputy assistant secretary for conservation, U.S. Department of Energy; president, Lighting Research Institute; and general manager, Ceramic Components, AlliedSignal, Inc. (now Honeywell). She has extensive technical experience in materials, fuel cells, batteries and other storage devices, energy efficiency, and R&D management. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, and has been, or is serving as, a member of numerous public and private sector boards and has served on many energy-related and other NRC committees. She has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from MIT.
Michael G. Spencer
MICHAEL G. SPENCER is Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Cornell University. His research interests are in the epitaxial and bulk growth of compound semiconductors such as GaAs, SiC and AlN (growth techniques include molecular beam epitaxy, vapor phase epitaxy, liquid phase epitaxy, and sublimation), microwave devices, solar cells and electronic materials characterization techniques (including deep level transient spectroscopy and photoluminescence). His particular interest has been in the correlation of device performance with material growth and processing parameters. His work has emphasized wide bandgap materials and his group was the first to produce conducting AlN and thick films of beta SiC grown by the bulk sublimation technique. More recently, he has been involved with 2D materials graphene and boron nitride. He is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award for 1985, the Alan Berman Research Publication Award from the Naval Research Laboratories in 1986 (for research leading to the first identification of a self interstitial defect in AlGaAs), the White House Initiative Faculty Award for Excellence in 1988, a Distinguished Visiting Scientist appointment at Jet Propulsion Laboratories in 1989 and a 1992 recipient of a NASA Certificate of Recognition. He is on the permanent committee for the Electronic Materials Conference, the Compound Semiconductor Conference, as well as helped initiate and form the International Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials.
Ching W. Tang
University of Rochester
CHING TANG is professor of chemical engineering at the University of Rochester. Prof. Tang's research interests lie in the general areas of Chemical and Condensed Matter Physics, and in particular in organic electronics. Tang has been recognized for the invention of the high-efficiency Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED). Based on this key invention, a superior flat-panel display technology has been developed for electronics display applications from cellular phones to large-area high-definition television screens. He has also been recognized for the discovery of the organic hetero-junction diode. This discovery has been recognized as a milestone contribution to the field of organic electronics and opto-electronics. The hetero-junction device structure has been found to be the key to obtaining high performance in organic-based, thin film devices including OLED and solar cells. His recent research projects include applications of organic electronic devices, organic light emitting diodes, solar cells, photoconductors, image sensors, photoreceptors. Basic studies of organic thin-film devices: charge injection, transport, recombination and luminescence properties. Metal-organic and organic-organic junction phenomena. Development of flat-panel display technology based on organic light emitting diodes. He has a PhD from Cornell University.