New York, March 31, 2016 — The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) is pleased to announce and welcome Mark Lien as the new IES Industry Relations Manager, effective April 4, 2016. This position is new to the IES, established on the need to address the importance and expanding role of lighting in other organizations and industries. Lien will represent the IES in all joint-venture standards development activities with allied organizations, governmental agencies, and private industry interests. Lien will also be responsible for following industry trends and identifying new partnerships and alliance opportunities. Lien’s work will be under the direction of the Technical Director of Standards and, and he will work closely with the Director of Public Policy.
Lien has designed lighting systems for a wide range of applications including residential, retail, healthcare and both conventional and nuclear power plants. He has taught lighting courses throughout North America, Asia and the Middle East. He has served on the Board of Directors of the IES. He is also a member of multiple IES, NEMA, ALA and ASHRAE Committees and is a columnist for Lighting Design and Application (LD+A) Magazine, writing on the Forces of Change in the lighting industry. Lien serves as Chair of the NEMA Light Source Committee and Vice-Chair of the National Lighting Bureau. He was responsible for the educational centers at both Cooper and Hubbell Lighting and was the Director of Government & Industry Relations for OSRAM SYLVANIA in Danvers, MA.
“We are absolutely delighted to have Mark join the IES as a member of the staff. The IES has been reaching out to establish relationships with other organizations concerned with the built environment and we want to draw on Mark’s expertise and knowledge that will facilitate the joint development of standards and educational materials. The need for decreased energy use requires that the IES be an active participant with other organizations to jointly achieve those goals. Mark is the best person to represent the IES in working toward those outcomes,” said Tim Licitra, Executive Vice President of the IES. “One of the most powerful statements that any society or association can make is hiring from within its membership. This highlights the Society’s dedication to not only improving itself, but to having a broader impact on the entire industry.”
Brian Liebel, Technical Director of Standards, remarked on Lien’s appointment, “Mark is well-known in the lighting industry and is well respected not only for what he knows but also for who he is as a person. As a former member of the IES Board, he is intimately familiar with IES interests and he’s worked with other organizations making him uniquely qualified to represent the IES. His forward-thinking and holistic perspective will prove invaluable to the IES, and I am really looking forward to working with him.”
“The IES is energized and charging forward to lead our industry through a period of rapid change. It is an honor to join this team and to facilitate alliances toward the goal of achieving the IES Vision to “build upon a century of excellence to create the premier lighting community dedicated to promoting the art and science of quality lighting to its members, allied professional organizations, and the public,” commented Lien.