Attendee Advisory Committee 2023

Attendee Advisory Committee 2023

We worked with a panel of professionals from the lighting design, architecture, electrical engineering and technology industries, and members of IALD and IES, to pool ideas and brainstorm the best ways to bring you the most value. Meet the people who helped design the value-packed programming at LightFair 2023.
Emlyn Altman

Senior Designer | DLR Group

Often referred to as “Gadget Girl” by colleagues for her ability to find creative technical solutions for design problems, Emlyn incorporates a unique, combined background in lighting, architectural design, sculpture, and 3D visualization throughout her work. With over 25 years of experience working on interior and exterior projects from concept development through construction administration and post-occupancy efforts, her portfolio includes a diverse range of designs including: Hospitality, Residential (single family and multi-unit), Luxury Yachts, Corporate, Civic, Education (K-12 and Higher-Ed), Healthcare, Retail, Sports & Rec, Transportation, Laboratories, and even large-scale art installations.

Since 1999, Emlyn presented at professional conferences including: Lightfair, Lightshow West, HD Expo, and Autodesk University. She also enjoys giving talks at local IES professional meetings and as a guest speaker for graduate school design programs around the country. For her, success as an instructor is revealed at the “aha” moment when the students’ eyes light up (pun intended) as they begin to understand the concepts being taught.

Rajaram Bhagavathula, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate | Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Dr. Rajaram Bhagavathula is a Senior Research Associate in the center for infrastructure-based safety systems (CIBSS) at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. His research is focused on the human factors of the lighting. Specifically, he aims to understand the effects of lighting on road user health, safety, and behavior. His work has led to the development of lighting guidelines for streets and roadways using LED lighting technologies. Dr. Bhagavathula is also a member of the IES’s Roadway Lighting Committee, Vision Science Committee, and Discomfort Glare in Outdoor Nighttime Environments. Dr. Bhagavathula received a Ph.D. in Human Factors and Ergonomics from Virginia Tech.

Deborah Burnett, ASID, CMG, AASM

Lighting Designer/Principal | Benya Burnett Consultancy

Deborah Burnett ASID, CMG, AASM is an internationally recognized award-winning registered interior designer and lighting design professional, Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the field of Light + Health, and member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.Serving on IES and CIE Photobiology, Daylight thru Windows Health Impacts, and Aging / Vision Impaired professional member committees, she is a highly regarded academic lecturer and published author whose technical and interpretive articles appear inmajor trade magazines, technical journals, and popular media worldwide.

An accomplished keynote presenter and CEU provider, her insights as to how the body and brain are directly impacted by the built environment are well received by audience members worldwide: recently as invited keynote presenter or the International Neurological Disorders Summit, an international medical conference focusing on advanced treatments in the fight against Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

An early pioneer in “connecting the dots” between ambient light and human health, Deborah and partner James Benya PE, FIALD, FIES designed the award winning circadian supportive lighting system for the ASID National Headquarters in 2016, the first and only double Platinum certified LEED and WELLv1 project in the world.

Professionally, Deborah provides design and architectural team WELLNESS peer review, and circadian lighting specification assistance for projects charged with improved workplace productivity, performance, and alertness outcomes, as well as, specification of circadian passive wellness solutions for various sleep and circadian comorbidities associated with Alzheimer’s, Macular Degeneration, and hormonal based cancers. Most recently, her work in specifying ALAN protocols for circadian protection of San Diego Bay marine inhabitants was instrumental in securing approval by the California Coastal Commission (CCC) authorizing next steps project installation.


Principal | Dark Light Design

Jill Cody, IALD, CLD, LC, LEED AP is a principal with Dark Light Design, with offices in Seattle and St. Louis. Her 25 years of lighting design experience include a wide variety of project types, from highly detailed historic landmarks to urban-scale master plans. Her other work includes corporate, education, civic, hospitality, and site projects that have been recognized with numerous awards for design and sustainability. Jill is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society and the International Association of Lighting Designers; she is a LEED Accredited Professional, Lighting Certified, and a Certified Lighting Designer. Her industry involvement includes past service in roles with the IES and IALD, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the IALD Education Trust.

Kenneth Douglas, FIALD, MIES, LC, LEED AP

Principal | HLB

As a Principal at Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, Ken brings over thirty years’ experience in architectural lighting design to his project work. Originally trained in theatrical lighting, and with a natural ability to understand and realize complex mechanical and technical details, Ken brings a unique viewpoint that assures his projects meet the highest level of creative design while utilizing the latest advances in lighting and controls.

In addition to his role in project design, Ken also enjoys taking an active role in mentoring our next generation of designers andworking to assure they have a supportive environment in which to grow their skills.

With a diverse portfolio that includes a wealth of project types, Ken brings a particular expertise in large civic projects, including monuments and major infrastructure projects. Through this work, he has developed a unique ability to communicate with the public and collaborate with project stakeholder groups, assuring that their needs are heard and reflected in the project design.

Dawn Hollingsworth, CLD, FIALD, WELL AP

Principal | Darkhorse Lightworks, LLC

Dawn Hollingsworth, CLD, FIALD, WELL AP is a Certified Lighting Designer (CLD) by the Certified Lighting Design Commission, and a WELL Accredited Professional by the International WELL Building Institute. She is also a Fellow of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).

She has over 35 years of experience with a diversified background in theatrical and architectural lighting design and consulting, marketing, business management, product management and development, manufacturing, scenic design, and event production. The hallmark of Dawn’s work has been the ability to realize uniquely creative ideas while solving technical challenges.

She holds a BFA in Drama (Design and Technical Production) from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Dawn was named Architectural Lighting Designer of the Year by Lighting Dimensions International for her work on the LAX Gateway Enhancement. Her architectural lighting design portfolio includes retail, educational, hospitality, mixed-use, health care, corporate, entertainment facilities, and experiential projects. Her design work has been awarded an IALD Award of Merit, 2 IIDA Awards of Excellence, 10 IIDA Awards of Merit, 3 Lumen West Awards of Excellence, and 2 Joseph Jefferson nominations for outstanding lighting design

Dawn has been a speaker at a variety of events including LED Specifier Summit, Specs, Lightfair International, IESNA, Enlighten Americas, Enlighten Europe, LDI International, and has taught theatrical and architectural lighting design at several universities including Otis College of Art & Design, Loyola Marymount University, University of Southern California, Woodbury University, and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

In addition to her work at Darkhorse, she has served as an expert in several legal cases involving lighting and lighting design. Dawn also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Landscape Lighting Institute. Dawn holds patent 9,816,855 B2 for the development of a system for measuring light intensity and wirelessly transmitting the light intensity data.


Principal | Dark Light Design

From corporate offices to casinos, monuments to animal environments, Ron’s more than 30 years of experience in lighting includes creative solutions and innovative design for a diverse range of project sizes and types throughout the U.S. and abroad. He collaborates with design and ownership teams to create distinctive spaces that satisfy the project’s budgetary needs and visual goals, both functionally and aesthetically.

A Pennsylvania State University graduate in architectural engineering, Ron brings expertise to each project not only in lighting design, but also in consideration of sustainability and the environment. His design experience includes work with both large and small project teams, and he always seeks to enhance the visual experiences, consciously and subconsciously, of those who interact with the architecture.

Patrick Mihalik, LC

Lighting Designer | Newcomb & Boyd

Patrick Mihalik, LC is a Senior Associate and Lighting Designer with Newcomb & Boyd. With 16 years of lighting design experience, and responsibilities on more than 70 projects, including corporate, institutional, and aviation facilities, Patrick is knowledgeable in creating effective lighting design to encompass function and beauty. Patrick is an Associate Member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. A certified lighting designer, Patrick has written on "Adapting Circadian Science to Circumstance", for LightFair - The Future Illuminated Newsletter. He is a graduate from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Bob Preston, LC, IES

Lighting Solutions Specialist | Energy Solutions Group

Bob Preston, LC, IES is a Lighting Solutions Specialist with the Energy Solutions Group for Capital Electric, a Sonepar Company. Bob is Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) and is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES). He has been with Capital Electric for 35 years in a variety of roles including electronics and test & measurement and has been specializing in lighting since 2006. Bob supports energy efficient lighting activities throughout Capital Electric including utility incentive programs for the sales team and their customers. For 15 years, Bob has spearheaded customer educational lighting seminars across all of Capital Electric’s market area. Bob also helps lead the lighting training and education for Capital and Sonepar associates. Bob specializes in the more technical aspects of lighting applications, particularly in the rapidly developing LED marketplace.

What I love about LightFair: As the preeminent event in the lighting industry, LightFair represents a unique and invaluable opportunity to not only see products and be educated, but to connect and engage with the smartest, most experienced, insightful people in any industry. I’ve made so many friends as a result of my LightFair experiences. The vibe on a LightFair show floor is immensely positive and energizing. But what I love most about LightFair is connecting with people.

Dane Sanders, PE, LEED AP BD+C

President | Clanton & Associates

Dane Sanders is a lighting and daylighting designer and President of Clanton & Associates. Several of his projects are LEED certified, including multiple LEED Platinum projects. Dane is a recipient of IALD and IESNA lighting awards, and has served as a volunteer for the LEED Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group and IALD Energy & Sustainability Committee.

His experience includes architectural lighting, daylighting, lighting controls, research, lighting education, and public speaking. Recent work includes notable projects such as Austin Central Library, and Apple Campus 3.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering, with an emphasis in Illumination from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado. Dane is a LEED Accredited Professional and serves as a guest expert on the LEED User website. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Colorado Illumination Engineering Program and also speaks at lighting and energy conferences such as Greenbuild, Light Fair, Rocky Mountain Green, and USGBC Colorado Green Schools Summit.

Jared Smith, P. Eng., LC, MIES, LEED AP O+M

Electrical Engineer | CBCL Limited

Jared is an Electrical Engineering consultant, who has participated in a number of projects in the healthcare, commercial, transportation, institutional, retail, industrial, and municipal sectors. Currently leading CBCL Limited’s Buildings Electrical Group, his technical experience includes power systems, building information modeling, telecommunications, circuit design, energy efficiency measures, and renewable energy. He is also an experienced lighting designer, as well as a lighting simulation and analysis expert. This experience has been gained through project work in Canada and internationally, including assignments in the Caribbean and South America.

Jared holds accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute for the LEED Operation and Maintenance Accredited Professional, is a Past President of the Halifax Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), as well as previously held the position of IES District 1 Chair; comprising all Canadian sections from Ontario to Newfoundland. Mr. Smith has also been appointed to the Atlantic Chapter of the Canadian Green Building Council’s Board of Managers.

Brandon Thrasher, IALD, MIES, LEED AP

Principal | HLB

Brandon is the managing Principal of HLB Lighting Design’s San Francisco office who enjoys collaborating with clients to creatively tell a story while infusing their projects with light. Brandon’s passion for lighting design began within the fine arts where he earned an M.F.A. in theatrical lighting design and soon discovered his enjoyment of using light to permanently enhance the experience of the built environment through architectural lighting. With over 15-years of experience, his career has taken him across the United States where he has worked for lighting design firms in Boston, New York City, and now San Francisco, where he is proud to call home. He has been honored with numerous awards for his contributions to lighting design, including an IES Illumination Award of Excellence, and in 2018 Brandon was named as a national and international recipient of Lighting Illumination in Architecture Magazine’s 40 under 40 award.

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