UC Davis and CLTC Partner with Thai University to Improve Lighting Efficiency

UC Davis Professor Michael Siminovitch will teach abroad at KMUTT, Thailand
Published: Thu, 08/07/2014

UC Davis Professor Michael Siminovitch will return to King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Thailand for a third time, August 16–September 13. This year Professor Siminovitch has been awarded a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), which will include teaching a graduate class in luminaire design.

“This class is an important opportunity to share ideas about cutting-edge luminaire technology with educational institutions abroad,” says Siminovitch. “It also gives me an opportunity to learn from the students and faculty at KMUTT.” Siminovitch will be working with two assistant professors from KMUTT, Dr. Chuntamara and Dr. Bussarakampakorn.

The luminaire design course will explore LED technologies and luminaire design. Students will learn about visual perception and ways to control light distribution while developing luminaire prototypes. Design studios will culminate with student presentations of their final luminaire designs.

KMUTT President Sakarindr Bhumiratana, PhD and a group of representatives from KMUTT will visit CLTC and UC Davis in September with Professor Siminovitch in order to learn more about UC Davis’s Smart Lighting Initiative and to discuss opportunities for both universities to collaborate further. That collaboration includes the possible development of a regional lighting demonstration at KMUTT that could be modeled after CLTC. The center's ongoing educational partnership with KMUTT seeks to foster measurable advances in the field of lighting energy efficiency at the international level.

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Michael Siminovitch, Ph.D.

Director; Rosenfeld Chair in Energy Efficiency
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