RMLA hosts first summer lighting course

July 29, 2013

The Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy, a provider of continuing education for lighting professionals, recently hosted its first summer lighting course, which offered industry professionals a detailed look at technical lighting engineering.

“Lighting professionals traveled from as far away as Malaysia to attend the RMLA’s unique course,” says Sandra Vásconez, senior instructor of Architectural Engineering at CU-Boulder. “Few technical lighting courses are available to professionals. So there was a clear need for a comprehensive continuing education program in lighting.”

“For more than 30 years now, CU-Boulder’s Lighting Program has been well known in the industry for providing high quality technical lighting knowledge,” says Walter Beamer, instructor of Building Systems Engineering at CU-Boulder. “The Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy was established to deliver the same quality of technical lighting knowledge to industry professionals who otherwise would not have access to it without enrolling in our undergraduate lighting program.”

The course featured David DiLaura, professor emeritus at CU-Boulder and leading industry expert, as the master teacher. DiLaura has more than 40 years of experience in the industry and now serves as principal illuminating engineer for Acuity Brands Inc. Other instructors included Mark Jongewaard, Jeff Quinlan, Teal Brogden and Jill Mulholland, all of whom are also industry experts.

Along with the four-day course, the RMLA put on a reception sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society. This allowed participants to view lighting equipment and technologies from RMLA’s sponsors.

According to RMLA participants, this year’s session was a success as many positive comments were made in post-event surveys. In fact, one participant said, “It’s a good course for anyone who wants a fast track in lighting education,” while another respondent said, “It was the best lighting seminar I’ve ever attended.”

With the success of this year’s event, the RMLA plans to host another course next summer. Interested participants can visit http://rmla.colorado.edu/ to stay up to date on next year’s event as details become available.