The Emerging Professional



Ask an EP: Kailey M. Lietzke

Why lighting? I really lucked into lighting. I went to the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) for architectural engineering, thinking that it would be very technical but that I would get to work on buildings which I was hoping would satisfy my creative side. At MSOE, you have to decide on a specialty in your […]

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Ask an EP: Mohit Lokane

Why lighting? Light has biological effects on the human body. A variety of diseases, including cancer and diabetes, appear to have links to the circadian rhythm according to recent research studies. Various nocturnal animal species also suffer from light pollution, primarily near urban cities. As a lighting design professional, I get to make a difference […]

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Ask an EP: Thomas Patten

Why lighting? The mix of art and engineering. In lighting, you’re working to save the world with energy efficiency, but you still care how things look. The goals are not just dollars, like in so many things, and the projects still have a direct impact on the biggest issues facing the planet today. Favorite project? […]

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Ask an EP: Krystle Smith

Why lighting? I’ve always wanted to play the piano but never could get the hang of it, so I took up theatrical stagecraft instead as an art elective in school. We had huge dance concerts every semester, 40-plus pieces, and you can only be so creative with a two-scene pre set lightboard, 15 PAR cans, […]

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Ask an EP: Tony Esposito

Why lighting? For me, lighting was a complete accident. When I first entered Penn State, I had almost no knowledge of the university system, what majors were available or what I wanted to study. I enjoyed math and always had an interest in architecture; without hesitation, a university counselor placed me in Architectural Engineering. Several […]

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