Smart Lighting-Smart Power-Smart Systems

Open to High School students entering 10th, 11th, 12th grade in the fall.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities
July 17-21. 2017 | Duration: 1 Week
Free for commuting students Residential: $985
Application Information: 

Prerequisites: Students looking to explore a career in engineering are encouraged to apply for this program. Applications will be selected based on GPA, science/tech/engineering/math related activities, student response questions, and teacher reference forms.

Please note: Online applications must be submitted before supplemental information can be received. Supplemental information including recommendation letters, transcripts, etc. can be copies, we do not need originals.

Questions? If you have any questions regarding the submittal of application and supplemental documentation, please contact a Summer@Rensselaer staff member at or (518) 276-6809.

This program is sponsored by the NSF Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center where the vision of the research center is “Synthesizing light for the benefit of humanity!” Learn about leading edge lighting, control, power, and sensor technologies and how they can be integrated into real world, sustainable, and well-engineered Smart Systems. Under the guidance of graduate students and faculty from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, students will be engaged in hands-on activities using the fundamentals of electronics and photonics to engineer solutions that address today's social and environmental challenges. Students will also interact with working engineers and scientists and participate in a guided tour of a high tech manufacturing and/or research facility.

Students who have completed summer programs like this have gone on to apply to undergraduate study at Rensselaer. For additional details regarding the Rensselaer undergraduate experience, in a place where your individual contribution truly matters, visit The Office of Admissions at Rensselaer!

What You Will Learn: 
  • Students will learn the basics of electrical circuitry design and fundamentals of electronics/photonics
  • Overview of power, control,  and sensor technologies
  • LEDs-solid state lighting technology, the benefits and comparison to traditional lighting sources
  • Effects of color on lighting in our daily lives
  • Importance of solid state lighting design to reduce power consumption while increasing effectiveness
  • basics of semiconductor chips and their role with LEDs technology


Faculty Profile: 

Dr. Kenneth Connor is a Professor at Rensselaer in the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Department and is Director of Education and Outreach for the SMART LIGHTING ERC. His research involves the application of particle beam based diagnostics to plasmas of interest to the thermonuclear fusion community, high frequency wave phenomena, photonics, smart lighting, engineering education, diversity in the engineering workforce, and technology enhanced learning.  He received his PhD from Polytechnic Institute of NYU in 1975 and B.S.E.E.(1968), and M.S.E.E. (1970) at University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. 

A special thank you to Elizabeth Herkenham, who continues to serve as Program Director and our Master Instructors-graduate students.

Program Cost and Accommodations: 

Commuter Cost: Free thanks to the sponsorship of the NSF Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center.

Residential Cost is $985. There is a $425.00 non-refundable deposit required in order to reserve your spot in the program, once the student is academically accepted. This cost includes room and board, program materials, residential events and programs, and any academic related materials. Check-in will be on Sunday afternoon prior to the start of the program and Check-out will be on Friday, after a final presentation.

Accepted students will receive information regarding accommodations, arrival/departure times, and full program details upon registration. Please note that all students will be required to submit health and medical information before arrival on campus. All residential students must possess medical insurance.



Important Dates: 
January 1, 2017 – Application Opens
March 31, 2017 – Application Deadline 
April 14 – Students are notified of their acceptance.
June 1, 2017 – Final day to submit Health Info
June 1, 2017- Final payment is due for accepted/registered students.

Registration Information:  Accepted students must register as soon as possible to secure their spot in the program by making their deposit. A link will be provided to you upon your acceptance.



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