Rodney Heller, Chairman

Senior Lighting Designer at Energy Performance Lighting

Rodney co-founded Energy Performance Lighting in 2003 and has built the company into a leading design-build energy efficient lighting company in the upper Midwest. The company has numerous unique designs that minimize energy consumption while providing the IES Recommended Practice for light levels. He is the leader in the country on installing high color temperature lighting for improving visual acuity and human performance. He is a consummate entrepreneur with a knack for seeing opportunity with new technologies. Heller is the founding member of the board of directors and the institute. He is developing the strategic direction of the institute to meet needs of the greatest number of people.

Douglas Steel

Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of NeuroSense

Douglas Steel, PhD is the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of NeuroSense. He holds a PhD (Biomedical Sciences, Columbia University), an MPhil (Pathology, Columbia), an MS (Psychobiology, U of Florida, and a BA (Biology, Kalamazoo College). He also held pharmaceutical research positions at The Upjohn Company, CIBA-Geigy, and Syntex Pharmaceuticals. For the past several years he has been working on the development of spectrally-tunable LED lighting arrays, which can be used as an alternative to prescription drugs for the treatment of a number of neurological and psychiatric conditions. Doug has over 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical drug design and discovery, and research project management and implementation divided between academia and the pharmaceutical industry. He has received training in medical sciences and neuroscience, theoretical and applied biotechnology, integrative neuroscience, and brain-environment interactions. He is the author of over 20 publications in scientific journals and books in the areas of drug design, drug discovery, and marine biochemistry. He has also written over 30 technology articles in the popular press.

Mike Lambert, IES, LC

Brian Lambert

Mike is a Lighting Designer in Des Moines, Iowa with 45 years years in the lighting and electrical industry experience. He has completed design projects in China, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and other locations around the US.

He has served on numerous Illuminating Engineering Society committees, co-authored books and technical documents related to lighting applications and vision science, and has presented at prestigious lighting industry symposiums and events around the country. He is a Steering Committee Member and Judge for the PNNL / US DOE “Next Generation Luminaires / Lighting Systems Competition.”


Scientific Advisory Board

Brian Liebel

CEO Lighting Partnership

Brian has a BS in Architectural Engineering and a BS in Environmental Design and is a 30 year veteran of the lighting industry. He is a registered Professional Engineer and has won numerous awards for his lighting designs. He has worked in all aspects of the lighting industry, including lighting design, electrical engineering, lighting controls specialist, educator, researcher, and product developer. He has designed a number of lighting labs and demonstration areas for companies such as Sylvania, Philips, Cooper Lighting, and Daybrite and Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and was the Lighting Program Director for PG&E’s Energy Center for five years. His work also encompasses research for Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory and the Department of Energy in the area of Spectrally Enhanced Lighting. Brian is an incoming member of the Board of Directors of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), is the chairman of the IES Visual Effects of Lamp Spectral Distribution Committee, and participates in the IES Research Committee.

Dr. Steven Lockley

Associate Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Neuroscientist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Steven is an Associate Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Neuroscientist, Division of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has 20 years of experience in circadian rhythm and sleep research, including the effects of light on human physiology. He has published more than 100 original reports, reviews, chapters and editorials on circadian biology and sleep, with the majority examining the role of light, or lack of light, on sleep, alertness and circadian rhythms. He has won several awards including the Taylor Technical Talent Award from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America for a paper on the application of ‘circadian’ lighting to architectural design.