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The 2020 competition is now closed. Congratulations to the winners – be sure to check out their work at the workshop poster session on Tuesday, January 28.

Syed Ahmed Al Muyeed, Lehigh University
Controlled Growth of Self-Assembled InGaN Quantum Dots Using Templates of Quantum-Size-Controlled Photo-Electrochemical Etched Quantum Dots

A.P. Sachintha G. De Vas Gunawardena, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
The Impact of Output Capacitor Aging Under Constant and Cycled Temperature Conditions on LED Driver Lifetime

Ziqian He, University of Central Florida

Swelling-Deswelling Microencapsulation 2.0: Toward Ultrastable Perovskite-Polymer Composite Downconverters for Tailored Lighting

Since 2003, the DOE Lighting R&D Workshop has drawn the best and brightest in the industry to share the latest on lighting technology advances. And each year, the popular poster session offers one-on-one interaction between presenters and attendees to network, exchange ideas, and help accelerate lighting.

STUDENTS: Connect with top researchers and industry thought leaders on January 28–30 in San Diego to show your work!

Students are invited to submit posters highlighting their work to shape the future of lighting. In addition to posters, lighting concept designs will be selected to participate. Showcase a prototype of your unique luminaire or design concept that addresses a problem with today’s lighting solutions.

Two Grand Prize Winners will receive free workshop registration and up to $1300 each in travel reimbursement. Honorable Mentions will receive free workshop registration.

Check out the full competition details for participation criteria, submission instructions, and other important information.

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a montage of 3 images of people attending the 2020 Lighting R&D Workshop Student Poster and Design Competition

Talking about [my] work helped solidify future directions and also helped me establish contacts with people in industry, a few of which pioneered the work I was presenting.” -- Clayton Cozzan, 2017 winner

"I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with a variety of people about my research. Posters are a great way to meet people at a conference, and I think it was a great way to help us students meet people from industry, including people I probably wouldn't have approached otherwise.” -- Stacy Kowsz, 2016 winner


Perovskite-on-polymer light diffusing downconverter powders

Caicai Zhang, University of Central Florida

Identifying an efficient, thermally robust inorganic phosphor host via machine learning
Ya Zhuo, University of Houston

Stable, cost-effective perovskite-polymer composites as tunable downconverters for tailored lighting

Juan (Rachel) He, University of Central Florida

Kirigami-based three-dimensional OLED concepts for architectural lighting
Taehwan Kim, Penn State University

CMOS-compatible plenoptic detector for LED lighting applications
Shima Nezhadbadeh, University of New Mexico

Efficient light extraction of organic light-emitting diodes on a fully solution-processed flexible substrate
Kwing Tong, University of California, Los Angeles


Privacy-preserving person tracking and coarse pose estimation for smart lighting systems

Indrani Bhattacharya, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

High efficacy, high color quality hybrid white OLEDS incorporating red quantum dots with narrow emission bands
Hao Chen, University of Central Florida

Phosphor geometries and luminaires for laser-driven white lighting applications
Clayton Cozzan, University of California, Santa Barbara

Privacy-preserving indoor localization via light transport analysis
Jinyuan Zhao, Boston University


Adding ultraviolet radiation to solid state lighting for growing and post-harvest storage of plants

Ignas Gaska, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Adaptive lighting control for health and wellness
Joseph Gleason, University of New Mexico

Monolithic optically pumped and electrically injected III-nitride devices for polarized white light emission
Stacy Kowsz, University of California, Santa Barbara

High-speed visible light communication utilizing laser-based solid-state lighting
Changmin Lee, University of California, Santa Barbara

Tip-tilt-piston micromirror with integrated large range variable focus for smart lighting systems
Jessica Morrison, Boston University

InGaN-GaNAs ‘interface quantum well’ for long-wavelength emission
Chee Keong Tan, Lehigh University

Hybrid MOCVD/MBE GaN tunnel junctions
Ben Yonkee, University of California, Santa Barbara