Two Acuity Brands Experts Receive Prestigious IES Awards

December 12, 2012


Acuity Brands Lighting experts Richard Heinisch and John Selander were acknowledged for exemplary contributions to the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and lighting industry during the 2012 IES Conference in November.

HeinisAcuity-Brands-Expert-Receives-Prestigious-IES-Awardch, manager of energy and environmental standards for Acuity Brands Lighting, received the IES Presidential Award recognizing his efforts to improve energy management and for over 15 years of service developing ASHRAE IES energy standards. Selander, director of specification sales for Acuity Brands Lighting, received a Recognition Award for his leadership on the IES Board of Directors since 1999.

“Acuity Brands is at the forefront of the lighting industry thanks to experts like Heinisch and Selander,” said David Grimm, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President, Channel Marketing. “It is visionaries and dedicated industry professionals like these that enable Acuity Brands to advance lighting technology and industry standards.”

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Illuminating Engineering Society Elects Distinguished Acuity Brands Lighting Expert Cheryl English to Board of Directors

July 2, 2012

Cheryl English, IES Board of DirectorsCheryl English, Vice President of Government and Industry Relations at Acuity Brands Lighting, has been elected to the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) board of directors for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2012. In her role, English will provide strategic council to the Society’s long-term planning, operations, education and research priorities.

“The transformation in the lighting industry creates an exciting challenge for IES,” said English.  “The Society’s leadership faces many challenges in promoting standards for high efficiency and lighting quality. I’m excited and honored to be involved with IES.”

Actively involved with IES for more than 30 years, English will help ensure IES is positioned to support the industry as it transforms to integrated, smart lighting systems. She was previously awarded the IES Distinguished Service Award, IES Fellow Award and an IES Presidential Award for her service related to lighting education, technical standards, legislative and regulatory activities and standards for controlling outdoor light pollution.

At Acuity Brands Lighting, English is responsible for energy and environmental policy, collaboration with trade associations and the lighting specification community. English is the executive director of the Jim H. McClung Lighting Research Foundation and also serves on the Besal Lighting Education Fund board of directors, the National Institute of Building Sciences board of directors and Lighting Division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association board of directors.




Acuity Brands Executive Presents New Visions for OLED Lighting to IES

January 30, 2012

Jeannine Fisher, PE, LC, Acuity Brands OLED director of lighting design and application, has presented a new vision for OLED lighting to members of the Illuminating Engineering Society San Diego Chapter. Fisher’s educational session was designed to help attendees explore unique ways to apply light in architecture.

“OLEDs are unlike any other light source,” said Fisher. “They give us the prospect of creating luminaires that enhance our visual environment and satisfy our psychological appetite for brightness. They are natural and intuitive. They deconstruct materials and reduce them to the bare essence of light itself. OLEDs are pure, simple and honest. As I like to say, OLEDs celebrate lighting with light.”

Traditionally luminaire designs have attempted to hide or cover the source of light. However, the emitted light from OLED is calm and comfortable to the viewer’s eye, even without the presence of shrouds and diffusers. No longer constrained by bulky housings and clumsy optical devices, the potential of OLED lighting is dramatically expanded – from integration of lighting and architecture to new lighting application design philosophies to visionary luminaire designs that are functional, aesthetically pleasing and emotionally compelling.

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