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Thursday, November 20th, 2014 in Roanoke

Joint meeting of IES, IEEE, and CSI
LEDs for Lighting Professionals

Donald G. Hirsh
Senior Manager of Cree's Durham Lighting Experience Center
click image for link to PDF & transcript of presentation

The presentation will compare and contrast modern LED technology with major categories of evacuated tube technologies. The presenter will analyze evolving techniques in the design and development of SSL luminaires. Don will discuss the recent Advances in LED component technology and compare categories or types of LED components. IES CEUs and AIA LUs are available for this presentation.

Donald G. Hirsh
Don Hirsh is Senior Manager of Cree's Durham Lighting Experience Center, which showcases Cree's LED technology, lamps and luminaires in a unique variety of spaces and applications. From interactive learning kiosks to virtual desktop design, to an interactive compare space, the Durham LEC immerses visitors in Cree's industry leading LED lighting performance.

Prior to his work in the Lighting Business Unit, Don was a Product Marketing Manager in Cree's LED Components Business Unit and also Business Development Manager at Bright View Technologies, a supplier of optical films for display and illumination industries. An inveterate technologist, over the past three decades he has been involved with businesses in solid state lighting, illumination and display systems/subsystems, photonics and data communications, communication semi-conductors, as well as application and systems software.

Don has a BA in Math from Washington University in St. Louis and began his career as a classical guitarist, performing in the Midwest and teaching at Webster University and the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and Schools for the Arts.

Meeting Details:

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Place: Holiday Inn Valley View
315 Ordway Drive NW Roanoke, VA 24017
Time: 6:15 PM, Get Together (Cash Bar)
6:45 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Presentation
Cost: Members and Guests $20, Students $10


RSVP by 12 noon Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 to George Williams
(VMS-IEEE Vice Chair) at gwilliamsfc.
Please specify if you have any dietary needs or restrictions, and if you are a student.

Directions to Holiday Inn – Roanoke:
From I-581, take exit 3W Hershberger Rd. Turn right at the first traffic light (near WDBJ-7 TV studios and Zaxby’s Chicken) onto Ordway Drive. Continue past Big Lots and the Holiday Inn is on the right.

Continuing Education

One Continuing Education Credit will be awarded for this meeting. Please see George Williams at the meeting to sign up for the credit.

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