Letter From the President


I am pleased to report that this year’s grant proposals were of high quality and the board decided to give a total of $90,000 in grants and awards with $70,000 in grants and $20,000 in awards.  From inception, the Fund has given $1,140,000 to support lighting education in North America. You, our contributors, made that happen. Thank you.

Over the past fiscal year we received significant donations of $5,000 or more from B-K Lighting and TEKA Illumination, Edison Price Lighting, Enterprise Lighting Sales, The Designers Lighting Forum of New York, the Jonas Bellovin Memorial Foundation, and the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society.  Major contributions are important to the Fund but we are grateful for every contribution from individuals, design firms and organizations as every donation directly supports our grant and award programs.

A $20,000 Nuckolls Fund Grant was given to the University of Minnesota to assist in the development of a Lighting Design Minor and a new advanced lighting course titled Lighting Design Innovations and Technological Advances.  Abimbola Asojo will be the Principal Investigator with Mary Guzowski as the Co-Principal Investigator.  

A second $20,000 Nuckolls Fund Grant was given to the University of Oregon to develop and deliver a new course in lighting to be called Virtual Lighting Design.  Slobhan Rockcastle, Chair of the Baker Lighting Lab, will be the Principal Investigator with project support by Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, David Grigsby, Zachary Suchara, Nathaniel Jones and Naomi Miller.  

A $20,000 Lesley Wheel Introductory Lighting Program Grant was given to the University of Cincinnati for Establishing Cross-disciplinary Architectural Lighting Education.  Julian Wang will be the Principal Investigator to develop and deliver a new architectural lighting course in the three programs of Architecture, Interior Design and Architectural Engineering.    

A $10,000 Edison Price Fellowship Grant was awarded to Seunghae Lee from Oregon State University who will pursue a summer internship with the lighting design firm of Lam Partners in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

The $5,000 Jonas Bellovin Scholar Achievement Award was given to Dixon Stein from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  The $5,000 Jules Horton International Student Achievement Award was given to Archanaa Pradhapan from Pennsylvania State University.  She is from India. One $5,000 Designers Lighting Forum of New York Student Achievement Award was given to Riley Johnson from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  A second $5,000 Designers Lighting Forum of New York Student Achievement Award was given to Joanna Filter from Parsons School of Design.

At LEDucation this year, the Designers Lighting Forum of New York announced that next year The Nuckolls Fund’s grants and awards will be given at an event in conjunction with LEDucation set for March 12 and 13, 2019.  In order to accommodate that new public venue for our grants and awards, we have adjusted the grant cycle so that 2019 grant proposals will be due November 30, 2018. This will allow time to choose the grant recipients and negotiate the grant agreements prior to mid-March.    

I regret to announce that Barbara Horton has retired from the board.  She has served for many years and we will miss her sage counsel. However, I am pleased to announce that we have four new people who joined the board.  Independent Consultant Ann Reo, Conor Sampson of CS Designs and McGill University, Erin Speck from George Washington University and James Yorgey, Technical Applications Manager for Lutron Electronics, have already participated in their first board meeting and were active in the choice of the 2018 grant and award recipients.

It is a great pleasure to announce that upon my retirement in March 2019, Lee Waldron will assume The Nuckolls Fund Presidency.  Lee has been an active board member for many years and I am convinced that he will be very successful as Fund President. Ann Hardeman will also be retiring 2019.  She has been Fund Secretary since the beginning and deserves great credit for all she has done for the Fund. Carol Caughey has agreed to take her position as Secretary.  Lastly, I want to announce that the Fund has hired a person to become our Fund Administrator. Jeanne Clemente joined us in February 2018 and she has been very successful in assisting me and the board in whatever we have asked her to take on.  She is a real asset for the Fund’s future.

Please visit The Nuckolls Fund’s website at www.nuckollsfund.org to take advantage of our educational materials available for free to anyone anywhere.  The Nuckolls Fund continues to search for creativity, diversity and innovative approaches to lighting education and our goal continues to be the development and expansion of programs in lighting education.  With your continued financial support, we are able to pursue that ongoing mission.  Please make your donation today.

Jeffrey A. Milham, LC, FIALD, FIES
Nuckolls Fund President