Annual Conference

IES Virtual Annual Conference 2020

August 24-27, 2020
August 31 - September 2, 2020

27 IES CEUs / 19 AIA LUs / 4 AIA LU-HSW depending on attendance

The Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference (August 24 - 27, 2020 and August 31 - September 2, 2020) provides a range of educational programming on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and related design disciplines. The 2020 Annual Conference has been moved to a virtual setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, professional education is paramount, with a broad selection of CEU credits available through participation at the conference.

IES’s priority is the health and safety of the lighting community, including our members, staff, supporters, vendors and volunteers. As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to unfold, it became clear that in the face of an unprecedented situation, we needed to make tough choices. While it took longer than expected to reach a resolution, we believe that this was handled with the precision necessary to preserve the well-being of the Society while creating an opportunity for success both in the present and future.

DATES: August 24th – August 27th and August 31st – September 2nd
TIMES: Official times to be determined, but there will be two blocks of sessions each day.
Student/ EP Registration: FREE for a limited time. click here.

The virtual Annual Conference will have sessions that will be held August 24th – August 28th and August 31st – September 4th. By providing a schedule that offers content across these two weeks, registrants will be able to attend all sessions and not have to choose between different tracks.

Despite the disruption we are facing, the IES is excited to bring you the opportunity to participate in the Annual Conference without having to leave your workspace. We will leverage our technology to disseminate valuable, relevant and timely content. We hope that you find this virtual Annual Conference insightful, beneficial, and of the quality that you have come to expect from the IES.

There will be no virtual tabletop sessions this year. We will resume tabletops when we return to an in-person annual conference.

More information, such as agenda, speakers, and more will be made available shortly.

Please note, if you previously registered for the 2020 Annual Conference, your payment has been refunded. Those that have booked their rooms at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, the hotel will cancel your room reservation on your behalf.


The IES is pleased to announce that the 2020 IES Annual Conference will feature the following keynote presentations.

Harold D. Wallace, Jr.PRESENTER: Harold D. Wallace, Jr.

TOPIC: To Change a Light Bulb: Federal Policy & Electric Lamps, 1880-2016

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION: The federal government and the lighting industry share a long history during which policy makers and industry managers used each other to pursue their goals. Changes stemming from the LED revolution ensure that future lighting policy will differ from the past in critical respects. This presentation presents an overview of the past to help lighting professionals understand how to use history well in the years ahead.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Harold D. Wallace, Jr., (Hal) is curator of the Electricity Collections at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Responsible for over 25,000 objects documenting the history of electrical science and technologies, Hal has specialized in the history of electric light and power since joining NMAH in 1995. Hal holds a Ph.D. in public policy/policy history, and an M.A. in the history of technology, both from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His dissertation “Electric Lighting Policy in the Federal Government: 1880-2016” is available on ProQuest. He is the author of "Wallops Station and the Creation of An American Space Program," as well as articles and blog posts on the history of several electrical technologies. His exhibition "The Electric Dr. Franklin," opening in Spring 2021, will be the latest of many physical and online exhibitions covering various electrical topics. He has served on the IEEE History Committee, and on the local arrangements committee for IES2K held in Washington, DC. He currently serves on the Collections Committee of the Baltimore Museum of Industry, and is the Smithsonian's representative on the board of the Thomas A. Edison Papers Project. Hal is a member the American Historical Association, the American Political Science Association, the Illuminating Engineering Society, and the Society for the History of Technology.

Daniel SalinasPRESENTER: Daniel G. Salinas, LC, IES

TOPIC: Emotion and Light: A Lighting Designers Personal Journey Thru Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION: This presentation will discuss, from the patient/lighting designer point of view, the various issues faced under PCS, how it affected the presenter mentally, emotionally and from a professional designer’s creativity standpoint. He will be discussing stress and its impact on a person with PCS, how light either increased the stress on the brain or helped with easing the strain, and how personal changes in work habit and lifestyle management allowed a path for healing. In doing so, the goal is to open the understanding of the research and design community that we can look at things theoretically all day long but until you can actually see it in application and understand what it does to an individual with special conditions, your job is only half done. We make the mistake of designing for a physically whole clientele, but how does it affect us mentally.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Daniel Salinas has been in the electrical industry for 42 years, beginning as a residential lighting consultant with Belco Electric Supply in 1978, quickly progressing to showroom manager and eventually to commercial lighting designer and consultant for Design/Build electrical contracting firms, electrical engineers, interior designers and architects. In 1987 he joined Nelson Electric as Senior Designer/Project Manager for lighting and lighting control systems. The breadth of his design and project management experience spans both commercial and residential projects, specializing in complicated installations with new techniques of constructability and ease of maintenance. Commercial lighting control design has been his passion where working with integrated technology is a requirement. He has received two IESNA IIDA International Awards of Merit for his work on special project applications. In 2015 Dan retired from Nelson Electric to found Salinas Lighting Consult with the idea of expanding the concept of holistic design of lighting systems.

Dan is involved in the volunteer and leadership arena where he has served on numerous committees and leadership positions within Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) culminating in that of IES President for 2013-2014 and continuing thru July of 2015 as a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. He continues to serve as a member of various IES committees and task groups. In addition, he served the National Council on Qualifications for Lighting Professions (NCQLP) as Chair of the Certification Renewal Committee, is on the Board of Directors for the National Lighting Controls Training Program, and a voting member of the ASHRAE SSPC100 Existing Buildings Committee.


The theme for the 2020 IES Annual Conference is Hindsight / Insight / Foresight. This expansive theme explores our relationship to light, both historically and looking toward the future. The objective of the conference is to provide educational sessions and experiences relevant to the audience of lighting professionals, academics, and other related design disciplines. This year’s theme is intended to spark the conversation about how light is used, how light affects the user, and how we see that relationship evolving as we move forward. In addition to speaker presentations, the Conference program will also consist of technical papers and posters on a wide range of lighting-related topics.

2019 IES Annual Conference
The Proceedings for the 2019 Annual Conference are available here.

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