Dr. Papamichael Receives IES Presidential Award

Dr. Papamichael Receives IES Presidential Award
Published: Tue, 10/29/2013

UC Davis Professor Konstantinos Papamichael recently received a 2013 Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Presidential Award.  IES President Chip Israel presented the award to Dr. Papamichael on October 28, during this year’s IES Annual Conference in Huntington Beach, CA.

The award recognizes Dr. Papamichael’s outstanding service and leadership, particularly his role in creating the new IES publication, “Recommended Practice for Daylighting Buildings” (RP-5-13). Published by the IES in September 2013, RP-5 is the authoritative reference guide for architects, engineers and lighting designers.

“There was a need for this,” says Dr. Papamichael of the RP-5-13. “Fenestration and daylight harvesting technologies have come so far, and daylighting should be the first step of the lighting design process in any building project, especially those focusing on energy efficiency and sustainability.”

Dr. Papamichael is one of the world’s foremost authorities on daylighting and Chair of the IES Daylighting Committee. As co-director of the California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis, he has led the development of smart windows and skylights, daylight sensor breakthroughs, and advanced algorithms for electric lighting control systems and fenestration controls.  His work on daylight harvesting has resulted in three patents and past recognition from the IES for a unique and significant advancement in the art and science of lighting.

Over the past 10 years Professor Papamichael has taught daylighting courses DES 137A and DES 137B through the UC Davis Department of Design. He has also supervised the thesis work of two UC Davis engineering students. The information, principles and recommendations presented in the practice guide, including diagrams, photographs and scale models, reflect Dr. Papamichael’s long experience teaching and lecturing on the art and science of lighting, daylighting and their integration.