The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) was created in 2003 to accelerate technology transfer from the laboratory to the marketplace by fostering collaboration among lighting and energy stakeholders. The center was founded at the University of California, Davis, with support from the California Energy Commission, California utilities, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.
CLTC strengthened its partnership with King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) as part of efforts to advance lighting efficiency at the international level.
This summer, CLTC Director Michael Siminovitch led a graduate-level seminar on LED luminaire design at KMUTT in Bangkok, Thailand. In the fall, CLTC and UC Davis welcomed KMUTT leaders to campus. During the visit, the universities signed a memo of understanding supporting collaboration between their lighting research centers.
Classes led by Professor Konstantinos Papamichael
California Lighting Technology Center Co-Director Konstantinos Papamichael teaches two complimentary undergraduate daylighting courses, Daylighting and Interior Design (DES137A), and Daylighting Design Studio (DES137B). Both courses combine lectures and studio work. DES137A focuses on the effects of daylighting on interior designs, while DES137B concentrates on the effects of interior designs on daylight performance.
Classes will be led by Professor Michael Siminovitch
DES 136A: Lighting Technology and Design
Students interested in interior design will build a lighting vocabulary and a fundamental understanding of lighting technologies. Students will take a hands-on approach in the course which includes lectures, demonstrations, and site visits.
Topics will include:
On September 16 CLTC and UC Davis welcomed President Sakarindr Bhumiratana and five other academic leaders from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thailand, for a meeting with UC Davis Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph Hexter and other senior UC Davis representatives. During the visit, the two universities signed a memo of understanding supporting collaboration between their respective lighting research centers, both of which are dedicated to improving the sustainability and energy efficiency of lighting.
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.
On July 29 CLTC Director Michael Siminovitch delivered the keynote address at the 2014 DesignLights Consortium Stakeholder Meeting. Professor Siminovitch's presentation included case study results and information on the emerging lighting and control technologies deployed for UC Davis's Smart Lighting Initiative.
Michael Siminovitch, UC Davis professor of design and director of UC Davis’s California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC), has been selected by UC President Janet Napolitano to serve on the newly formed University of California Global Climate Leadership Council, which includes UC officials, students and outside experts. President Napolitano formed the council to guide UC efforts aimed at achieving carbon neutrality by 2025.
The Honda Smart Home US is a model zero net energy (ZNE) home located in the UC Davis West Village. Honda collaborated with UC Davis, CLTC and WCEC to build this forward-thinking example of residential sustainability. The home includes daylighting, advanced lighting controls, and high-efficacy, circadian-friendly LED lighting.
UC Davis was honored with this year's Powering Prosperity award, which is sponsored by PG&E. The award recognizes UC Davis's contributions to the economic vitality of the Sacramento region and the university's leadership role fostering the research and development of strategies and policies, as well as products and services, that improve sustainability and energy efficiency.