Faculty

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C. Walter Beamer IV, PhD

Co-Director • Instructor
Acuity Brands Lighting
Walter Beamer is a product of the lighting program at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he received his BS in architectural engineering. Lighting was the primary focus of his undergraduate education. His next step took him to Aspen, Colo., where he worked as a lighting designer with the firm of Robert Singer & Associates. Beamer returned to the University of Colorado for graduate school. During this period, he split...
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Teal Brogden

Advisory Board Member • Instructor
Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Bold, dynamic, unafraid of taking risks, Teal Brogden is an inspiring design thinker who reaches deep for the artistic essence to the core of a design challenge. Her curiosity fuels exploration that allows the possibilities within a design to come forward. As an avid listener, Teal enjoys the refinement that comes with vetting concepts in a collaborative team forum, and strongly believes there is balance innate in light and shadow,...
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Robert (Bob) Davis, PhD, FIES

Advisory Board Chair • Instructor
Pacific Northwest National Lab
Bob Davis joined Pacific Northwest National Lab in 2013 as Senior Staff Lighting Engineer, where his responsibilities include directing the GATEWAY Demonstration program. His 30+ years in lighting include experience with a large multi-national lamp manufacturer and with a small employee-owned luminaire manufacturer, where he led the new product development, engineering, and marketing teams. For more than 15 years, Dr. Davis taught and conducted research in lighting as a faculty...
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David L. DiLaura, FIES

Advisory Board Member • Director of Curriculum Development
Acuity Brands Lighting
David DiLaura received his Bachelor of Science in physics from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1970, after which he worked for 10 years as an illuminating engineer at the architectural engineering firm of Smith, Hinchman & Grylls. During this time he was also visiting lecturer in illuminating engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. In 1981 he founded Lighting Technologies, Inc. in Boulder, Colo., where he directed the development...
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Mark Jongewaard

Advisory Board Member • Instructor
LTI Optics
Mark Jongewaard started as an illumination engineer at Lighting Technologies, Inc. (LTI) in 1989, later becoming vice president, director of the optics division and part owner until 2006, when LTI was sold to Musco Sports Lighting. Since the sale, Jongewaard and business partner Ryan Kelley led the formation of LTI Optics (LTIO), which spun off from Musco and continues the optics related business from LTI. This includes the development and...
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Jill Mulholland, PhD

Advisory Board Member • Instructor
IALD Education Trust
Originally trained in theater, Jill Mulholland has practiced, taught, researched, written, designed and built with light and lighting as an architectural lighting designer, assistant professor, in her PhD., Light Celebrating Place, and currently as a light artist. She has taught architectural design studios and lighting classes at Texas A&M, the University of Oklahoma and was awarded the Baker Chair in Light and Design at the University of Oregon in 2011...
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Jeff Quinlan

Advisory Board Member • Instructor
Acuity Brands Lighting
Jeff Quinlan has a BS in Architectural Engineering and an MS in Civil Engineering both with emphasis in Illumination from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has worked at Acuity Brands Lighting since 1994. During this period, his roles have included Illumination Engineer, Manager of Product Design, Product Development Manager, Director of Innovation and most recently Vice President of New Product Development & Technology. He has worked on a...
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Joel Spahn

Instructor
Lighting Analysts
Joel Spahn is a Software Developer for Lighting Analysts, Inc. and Lead Developer of ElumTools, a lighting calculation add-in for Autodesk® Revit®. He is also author of Lighting Analysts’ Flash-based web calculation tools and contributes to the development of the industry standard lighting calculation software, AGi32. He is a graduate of the Architectural Engineering program at the University of Colorado (emphasis in illumination engineering) where he has served as a...
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Gary Trott

Advisory Board Member • Instructor
Cree Lighting
Gary Trott is a product development innovator for Cree Lighting who is driving the creation of game- changing LED products. His passion for lighting was fully inspired while receiving his B.S. in Architectural Engineering – Illumination Emphasis from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During his 20 plus year career, he has developed products for the most respected brands in the industry in categories including: downlighting, suspended architectural, and recessed...
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Sandra Vásconez, MA, MS, LC

Co-Director • Instructor
University of Colorado
Sandra Vásconez is a senior instructor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. She obtained her Masters of Science in lighting from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After receiving her degree, she worked at the LRC as adjunct faculty, teaching graduate-level lighting courses and working as program manager. At the LRC, Vásconez also was the principal investigator for...