Applications now open for graduate education at the Lighting Research Center
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Troy, New York, USA – The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is now accepting applications for its Fall 2023 graduate education programme. The Master of Science in Architectural Sciences with a Concentration in Lighting is the premier master’s level graduate degree offered in the field of lighting, focusing on technology, design, human factors, and lighting applications. This 30-credit, two-semester, multidisciplinary degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute allows students to work closely with world-class faculty experts in architecture, engineering, and lighting design.

The LRC’s programme is geared toward students who wish to gain a broad education in lighting research and design while working closely with LRC faculty and staff. This programme is also ideal for people with an entrepreneurial spirit who want to turn new, innovative ideas into viable lighting products or services. The programme includes product innovation and development, designed to help students better identify and understand industry opportunities and the innovation process with a focus on lighting products and services that benefit society and the environment.

Because lighting is a research area that crosses many fields, in the M.S. programme students learn a broad array of topics such as electronics, optics, thermomechanics, 3D printing, sensors, metrology, business, and entrepreneurship through classes such as Lighting Technologies & Applications, Lighting Workshop, Lighting Leadership, and in the execution of their final master’s project. This foundation allows students to seek employment not only in the lighting industry but also in semiconductors, electronics, software, 3D printing, and engineering companies.

Students applying to the programme should have a bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, design, physics, or another related field. Merit scholarships may be available to qualified students. The priority application deadline is March 1, but the LRC will continue to review applications received beyond this date.

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