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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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The Butterfly Effect with Darren Verasammy

Transitioning from student to Emerging Professional can be compared to a metamorphosis of sorts. During our post-secondary education, we are like a caterpillar entering a chrysalis, where we will gain the knowledge and skills necessary for survival in a fiercely competitive business world. However, emerging as a professional butterfly is a more remarkable change. To […]

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