Happy New Year! I hope you had an enjoyable holiday season and spent time with family and friends. Thank you all who attended our program on FirstEnergy incentives last month. This event, presented by Chad Heyman of Sodexo, highlighted various paths to receive utility incentives for both new buildings and renovations. This is underutilized free money for our customers and applies to a majority of construction.


DON’T FORGET: The Illumination Awards submission period is open now through February 15. The Cleveland Section has been underrepresented the past few years, so we are pushing hard to submit projects. If you have worked on (or know someone who has) a lighting project that goes above and beyond, please consider applying! Our local IA Chair: Bob Halper is holding an informative lunch on January 30 at Karpinski Engineering. Contact Bob for more information.


Building upon a successful Fundamentals of Lighting class the past few years, we have decided to upgrade to an intermediate class: Interior Lighting Design (View Flyer). This 8-week program, starting March 26, will build on the basics delivered in Lighting Fundamentals. It is perfect for anyone interested in quality interior design. Stay tuned for more information.


Our Emerging Professional group is preparing for their first-ever Luminaire Design Competition! LightenUp:2019 (View Flyer) is a lighting design competition organized by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and Cleveland Section Board of Managers to inspire and energize Emerging Professionals (EP) in their understanding of fixture development and application. This inaugural competition, in conjunction with 20 other sections around the country, looks to provide a collaborative environment between new and experienced engineers, architects, and designers, fostering communication and creativity. Not to mention the winner will get their fixture fabricated at Halper Lighting Studios and a generous cash prize. Details are still in the works, so stay tuned for more information. Contact Josiah Schleicher and/or Bob Halper for additional information.


You don’t want to miss our next event on Wednesday, January 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown. Eaton’s Michelle Prew will be comparing LEED v4 and WELL Building Standards. She is a fun and engaging speaker, so please join us!


Our program year is fully booked! A sneak peek of upcoming events includes horticulture lighting, Driverless LEDs, and Engineering Ethics. Stay tuned for dates and venues, but in the meantime, if you would like to sponsor an event or suggest a speaker for next program year (2019–2020), please contact our Program Chair Sean Keenan.


And finally, our next Board of Managers meeting will be held on Friday, February 15 at noon via conference call. These meetings are open to all of our members. If you would like to get involved, please let Henry Barker know and he will add you to the meeting invitation.


I look forward to seeing you at our January program!



Tony Clark, PE
President, IES Cleveland Section

Building Integrated Services