Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 19–20, 2024
New York Hilton Midtown, New York City

2021 Lighting Education: The Progression to Online Learning

Lighting Education: The Progression to Online Learning

Robert Davis, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Lee Waldron, GWA Lighting

March 16, 2021

5:30pm – 6:00pm EST


Credits N/A

Lighting education requires hands-on work and actually seeing things for yourself, right? How can that possibly happen with online education? Bob Davis, on a team at the University of Colorado Boulder that recently received a grant from The Nuckolls Fund, will describe their project focused on delivering high quality online lighting education.

Additionally, the Fund’s 2021 Grant Recipients and Awardees will be announced.


Robert G. Davis, Ph.D., FIES
Chief Lighting Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Bob Davis is Chief Lighting Research Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he serves as Technical Director for the US DOE solid-state lighting program. His 30+ years of experience include working at two lighting manufacturers and faculty positions at RPI’s Lighting Research Center and the University of Colorado Boulder. He has degrees in Architectural Engineering and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, and is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society. Bob also serves as Co-Director of the Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy at the University of Colorado, where he has an appointment as an adjoint faculty member in architectural engineering.

Lee Waldron, FIALD IESNA
President, GWA Lighting

With varied lighting experiences encompass over forty-five years of practice for projects in both the architecture and entertainment fields, Lee possesses a varied and unique wealth of knowledge. His early career started in TV and Film as a grip with WQED-TV in Pittsburgh, followed by three years as an Instructor in Technical Theatre at Tulane University. Since 1976, Lee has been engaged with Grenald Waldron Associates (GWA), a Philadelphia-based architectural lighting design firm with projects throughout the world. He now serves as its President.

As Director of Lighting Knowledge for FCA, Lee offers design expertise in a variety of project types for interior and exterior architectural applications. He has been responsible for the lighting design and management of many large-scale projects in commercial, healthcare, retail, hospitality, urban environments as well as for corporations and for both governmental and institutional projects world-wide.

Lee is a former President of the International Association of Lighting Designers and serves on the Advisory Board for the Interior Design Department of Moore College of Art and Design. In 2019, Lee became the President of the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education, which has provided grants, stipends and scholarships to North American higher education and individuals dealing with lighting studies.