New York, NY, August 6, 2004 – The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education has announced that three new directors have joined the Board effective August 1st, 2004. They are Kevin W. Houser, assistant professor of architectural engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Diarmuid J. McSweeney, vice president, business development, for Holophane Lighting, Newark, Ohio; and Lee Waldron, president of Grenald Waldron Associates, Narberth, Pennsylvania.
The new Board members replace three long-term members: the late Lesley Wheel, architectural lighting pioneer and Fund originator, and two Board members who resigned at the end of their terms: Robert Allen, retired professor at Washington State University, and Daniel Fitzpatrick, Sr., president of SpectroLume Inc.
The professional interests of Kevin Houser, PhD, PE, LC, revolve around improving buildings for human habitation. His research focuses on the relationship between the spectral composition of light and human vision, and he develops and teaches courses in illuminating engineering and lighting design. Before joining the University of Nebraska he was manager of lighting education for Philips Lighting Company. He received bachelors and doctoral degrees in architectural engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Diarmuid McSweeney, FIES, LC, has been with Holophane for 37 years, holding a variety of positions in optics, training, research and development, sales and marketing, international areas, and industrial lighting. He is a past president of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and a current member of the Board of Directors of First Federal S&L of Newark, Ohio. He received bachelors and masters degrees in physics from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland, and an MBA degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Lee Waldron, FIALD, LC, is an architectural lighting designer whose early background includes theater, film, and television lighting. Currently, in addition to consulting on lighting design projects throughout the world, he is involved in the development of lighting knowledge management tools to broaden the general public’s awareness of good lighting design. He also teaches lighting at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and is a former president of the International Association of Lighting Designers.
The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education was founded in 1988 to support college-level lighting programs that inspire students with an understanding of light in architecture. The Fund’s endowment has grown to allow the award, in 2004, of a total of $55,000 in grants without touching principal. A total of $355,000 has been awarded in grants since 1989.