Jun 14, 2017
IES Educational Webinar Series

Each month, the IES presents a live webinar on a current topic that helps expand your lighting knowledge and furthers our mission of improving life through quality of light. Live and on-demand webinars are free to all IES members, and are eligible for IES continuing education credits (CEUs). Live webinars are available at a fee of $20 for non-members. 

Please note, on-demand webinars are available on a complimentary basis only to IES members and are eligible for CEUs for a nominal fee. Non-members may also purchase access to on-demand webinars and corresponding CEUs. Visit our eLearning Portal for additional information on pricing and availability.

Webinar Schedule

Advanced Computation in Lighting and Daylighting Design

TUESDAY, June 28th 12:00 PM ET

As built projects and design processes become more complex and data-driven, designers must respond to a growing list of demands. Advancements in software have offered opportunities to incorporate parametric workflows within interdisciplinary teams in order to address these challenges. Through idea evolution and practical implementation of data-informed design decisions, our skillsets and knowledge expand to support and leverage these tools. In this presentation, two case studies respectively explore advanced daylighting analysis and photorealistic lighting visualization via parametric workflows. Briefly expressed, “script the challenge and inform”.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Reinhardt Swart, Associate IALD, IES, LC
Reinhardt Swart

Reinhardt Swart is an Associate and lighting designer at SmithGroup, adjunct professor, and artist. Reinhardt’s background from The Pennsylvania State University Architectural Engineering program allows him to design holistically with respect to users, form, and environment. His continued interest in theory, daylighting, data, and parametrics have notably influenced his approach to design. During his seven years of professional experience, he has received notable lighting awards including the AEI Professional Award of Excellence for GM Flint Factory One and the IES Award of Merit for the Zeiss Michigan Quality Excellence Center. Reinhardt has given several lectures on daylighting and the philosophy of lighting design and as an active member of both the IES and IALD, he is excited to grow and inspire the lighting profession.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)


The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), is pleased to offer a special five-part free webinar series, “Taming Complexity.” Presented by PNNL experts and partners, this series will explore ongoing efforts to better understand and reduce the ever-growing complexity of advanced lighting systems.

Taming Energy Codes Complexity

May 26, 2022 12:00 PM ET

This webinar will examine the ins and outs of lighting energy codes, covering the origins and challenges of existing codes and the inputs, calculations, and assumptions necessary to create robust lighting power allowances for modern energy codes. Among the central questions, the presenters will consider what tools will be needed as compliance moves beyond lighting power density (LPD) and toward lighting performance, whole-building outcomes, occupant health, and lighting application efficiency.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).


Michael Myer

Michael Myer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Michael Myer is a senior researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he supports U.S. Department of Energy programs including energy codes, appliance standards, and field evaluations.

Kelly Seeger
Kelly Seeger, Signify

Kelly Seeger is the technical policy director at Signify, where she leads building code and standardization engagement for the Americas. She is the lighting subcommittee chair of ASHRAE Project Committee 90.1 and serves as at-large director on the Board of Directors of the IES, representing IES in the U.S. technical advisory group and delegation to the ISO/Technical Committee 205 Building Environment Design.

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June 19-23 | Las Vegas Convention Center

Taming Data Complexity

June 2, 2022 12:00 PM ET

Between environmental sensors, connected building platforms, wearables, and mobile devices, data capturing devices in buildings are increasingly prominent. What can all these data teach us about building environments and the experiences of the people who occupy them? In this webinar, presenters will discuss how to collect and utilize data from a variety of devices to better understand system performance, occupant behavior and environmental satisfaction. This information can be used to improve operational efficiency and inform future design solutions. In the context of broader indoor environmental quality, presenters will share methods and findings from several research projects as well as practical considerations surrounding data collection, quality, and visualization.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Jessica Collier
Jessica Collier, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Jessica Collier is a senior associate lighting research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Prior to joining in 2019, Jessica worked as a lighting designer while completing her degrees. Her current research is focused on evaluating the application of advanced lighting systems through simulation and field projects. Jessica has a BArch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MFA in Lighting Design from Parsons School of Design, The New School.
Belal Abboushi
Belal Abboushi, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Belal Abboushi is a senior associate lighting research engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His research examines discomfort glare, lighting uniformity, and daylight integration. Belal is currently the principal investigator for a study that explores the use of wearable devices to assess effects of indoor environmental quality (including lighting) on occupants’ well-being.
Dorukalp “Alp” Durmus
Dorukalp Durmus, Pennsylvania State University

Dorukalp “Alp” Durmus is an assistant professor in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State University and head of the department’s Lighting Laboratory. His research and education interests focus on illumination systems, solid-state lighting, and the interaction between humans and the built environment.

Taming Flicker Complexity

July 7, 2022 12:00 PM ET

Temporal light modulation (TLM, also known as flicker) is a problem, especially to the 10-20% of the population that is highly sensitive to it. Although TLM occurs in a low percentage of products, it is visible in automotive lighting, holiday light strings, a range of residential products as well as a few architectural products. In this webinar, presenters will share results from a recent PNNL human-subjects study on the visibility of TLM waveforms at or above 90 Hz, exhibiting different shapes, frequencies, modulation depths, and in the case of rectangular waves, duty cycles. Findings reveal key differences among TLM effects, with implications for lighting metrics.  What does this mean for the lighting industry? A manufacturer will discuss how this and other TLM research affects product development. How can driver and dimmer design be improved to reduce the perception of TLM, and what barriers remain for product development?

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).


Naomi Miller

Naomi Miller, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Naomi J. Miller is a designer and scientist working at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to improve lighting quality using LED light sources. Her pet peeves include flicker and glare.

Lia Irvin
Lia Irvin, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Lia Irvin joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 2018, where she works on advanced lighting research. Her research interests include human factors in lighting, such as flicker and perception of luminance uniformity, which she investigates in both laboratory and field studies.

Marc Saes
Marc Saes, eldoLED
Marc Saes is VP of innovation and one of the founders of the eldoLED startup, acquired by Acuity Brands in 2013. He is an EE & CS alumnus of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Within the lighting industry he has worked on defining what a universal smart led driver actually is and does, continuously improving both driving and controlling the LEDs in such a way that deep dimming, smooth fading, and flicker-free performance are possible in a practical and power-efficient LED driver.

Taming Sustainable-Design Complexity

August 4, 2022 12:00 PM ET

The lighting industry needs practical approaches to enable a transition to a more circular and sustainable lighting system life cycle. This webinar will share perspectives from a manufacturer and an architect on current roadblocks to achieving circular design practices at various stages of the product or project, and will focus on supporting positive environmental impacts extending beyond energy use. The speakers will discuss what is needed to improve the sustainability of lighting installations and practical approaches that lighting specifiers and manufacturers can take to have an impact on the sustainability of products and projects.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).


Kathryn Hickcox

Kate Hickcox, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Kate Hickcox joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a lighting research scientist in 2020. She is a creative thinker in the field of lighting, with over 18 years of experience in both lighting research and lighting design. No matter which hat she’s wearing, her goals are simple – to provide equitable and universal lighting solutions that support humans and the environment.

Alexandra Gadawski
Alexandra Gadawski, HMFH Architects
Alexandra Gadawski, AIA, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C is an architect and sustainability leader at HMFH Architects, where her extensive knowledge of building performance and lighting design is applied to a range of projects. Her work draws on research projects ranging from consumption patterns, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy costs to developing more sustainable cities.
Aaron Smith
Aaron Smith, Finelite, Inc.
Aaron Smith is the VP of Technology and R&D at Finelite and an alumnus of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He supports the development of energy efficient, high quality, and sustainable lighting. He also supports Finelite’s new technology integration, new product development, and research efforts.

Aluz Lighting

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Taming Controls Complexity

September 1, 2022 12:00 PM ET

Challenges with configuration, commissioning, and maintaining control settings over time have slowed progress towards integrated lighting and building system controls. Overcoming such challenges can enable energy savings, adaptive lighting for occupant alertness and wellbeing, and better space management in buildings. This webinar will explore some practical solutions to address controls complexity, including development of a clear and concise sequence of operations, the use of controls narratives, and online tools and templates to make these solutions more accessible.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).


Ruth Taylor

Ruth Taylor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Ruth Taylor currently serves as a project manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where she has managed the Next Generation Lighting Systems (NGLS) Program for the U.S. Department of Energy since 2008. She spends much of her time sharing the results and recommendations from the ongoing evaluations at the indoor and outdoor NGLS living labs where connected lighting systems are installed in realistic settings and evaluated by team of lighting experts from around the country.

Lyn Gomes
Lyn Gomes, DPR Construction
Lyn Gomes, PE, LEED-AP, is a MEP Coordinator for DPR Construction, where she draws on 20+ years of experience in integrated systems for HVAC, electrical/lighting, control systems, fire protection, backup power, and technology. In her spare time (lol), she’s on the board of the Building Commissioning Association as well as co-chair of its annual conference, co-chair for the new standard on control sequences for lighting control systems (LP-16), teaches classes on lighting controls, and supports Techbridge, an afterschool STEM program.

Aluz Lighting

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  • For Live Webinars, and Seminars — IES will issue a full refund for cancellations received no less than 24-hours prior to the scheduled broadcast start time. Please email [email protected] to cancel & request a refund. Refunds will not be issued for cancellation requests received less than 24-hours prior to the scheduled broadcast start time.
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