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About the Speakers

Welcome To St. Louis!

Catherine Werner
Sustainability Director, City of St. Louis

Catherine Werner has been the City's first Sustainability Director since 2009, and works on numerous urban sustainability initiatives for the City. From 2010-2013, she spearheaded development of an award-winning and comprehensive Sustainability Plan for the City of St. Louis, and currently oversees implementation of sustainability priorities for the City. Catherine has been a champion of triple bottom line sustainability principles – balancing social, economic and environmental issues. She has been instrumental in launching several successful sustainability efforts in the City, such as its Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative, Climate Protection Initiative, Biophilic City status, Urban Vitality Ecology Initiative, Milkweeds for Monarchs: The St. Louis Butterfly Project, and Set The PACE St. Louis energy-efficiency financing program.

Catherine oversaw the City’s $3.7 Million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant and has been leading the City’s climate protection efforts, such as helping the City win the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge award, the City Energy Project award, pass an energy benchmarking ordinance, conduct Greenhouse Gas Emissions inventory and reporting, and develop the first Climate Action Adaptation Plan for the City. She also led the City in the HUD-funded Regional

Sustainable Communities Planning Grant on transit-oriented development, and oversaw the City’s STAR Community Rating System efforts, in which the City earned a Three Star Rating.
Catherine has worked as an environmental attorney, sustainability consultant, natural resources specialist and environmental educator. She has extensive experience in legal, policy, ecological and sustainable design projects, and has worked on green infrastructure, urban ecology and sustainable development issues in both a planning and implementation capacity.
 


Solutions-Based Lighting

Robert Soler
VP Human Biological Research and Technology, BIOS: Biological Innovation & Optimization Systems

Robert Soler is Vice President of Human Biological Technologies and Research at Biological Innovation and Optimization Systems (BIOS). Prior to his work with BIOS, his most prominent work was with the Kennedy Space Center, where he helped design and build the first LED light for use on the International Space Station (ISS) and collaborated with scientists to use LED light for photo biological purposes in space, including the circadian lighting system designed to synchronize circadian rhythms of astronauts aboard ISS. He holds a Master of Science degree from the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has begun a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego where he received a fellowship from the National Science Foundation for investigation in circadian lighting paradigms. He currently serves on the light advisory committee for the International WELL Building Standard.

Carol Jones
VP Integrated Systems Development, Axis Lighting

Carol is the VP of Integrated Systems Development at Axis Lighting. She is a 30-year veteran of the lighting industry, but she's anything but an industry standard. With a diverse background as a lighting specifier, a national labbie, and controls and OEM luminaire manufacturing ranging from the oldest to the newest, the constant is her commitment to innovation and market transformation. Carol has been involved in many industry leadership and support roles including chairing the IALD Energy Committee for 10 years and the IES Quality of the Visual Environment Committee for 5. She credits her ability to achieve consensus and market transformation to having 5 planets in the house of Virgo, and starting her career in Theatrical Lighting and Production Management.

Naomi Miller
Senior Lighting Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Naomi Miller has been a Senior Lighting Research Scientist since joining PNNL in 2009. Ms. Miller's work focuses on bridging the knowledge gap between technology and application. She works with clients and stakeholders to overcome the hurdles facing the adoption of energy efficient lighting products. Her research also focuses on lighting quality and the human impacts of light.
Prior to coming to PNNL, Ms. Miller was the Principal of Naomi Miller Lighting Design in Troy, New York. With over 30 architectural lighting design awards, Ms. Miller is a nationally recognized expert in the field of lighting. She chaired the Illuminating Engineering Society's (IES) Quality of the Visual Environment committee for 8 years and was a principal member of the writing team for the IES's Light + Design: A Guide to Designing Quality Lighting for People and Buildings. She currently serves on the Illuminating Engineering Society's Board of Directors and is both a Fellow of the IES and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).
 

Lighting and the Smart Building

Ron Zimmer
President & CEO, Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)

Mr. Zimmer joined CABA in 1997 working with industry leaders who promote integrated systems and home/building automation throughout the world. CABA’s members include manufacturers, dealers, installers, service providers, energy utilities, builders, consultants, research organizations, publishers, educational institutions, governments, associations and content providers.  
In addition to working closely with the CABA Board of Directors, Ron is actively involved with a number of industry committees/councils including the CABA Intelligent Buildings Council, CABA Connected Home Council, and represents CABA on the Automation Federation Board of Directors. He is also on the Advisory Board for IBcon, an intelligent buildings conference hosted by Realcomm.
He was instrumental in establishing the CABA XML and Web Services Committee (oBIX), which now resides with OASIS. He was also on the transition team that integrated the Internet Home Alliance into CABA, which became CABA’s Connected Home Research Council. 
Ron is a Certified Association Executive with over 30 years of Association Management experience.  He has authored a number of articles and documents including, “Smart Communities: A Concept Paper,” and he regularly makes presentations on integrated buildings and home/building automation at many international industry events. 

Darlene Pope
Founder and Principal, CRE Partners, LLC

Darlene Pope is a smart building industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, technology, and smart building consulting.  Most recently she served as Executive Vice President and Global Practice Lead for JLL's Smart Building Program. 
Ms. Pope launched the Smart Building practice at JLL in 2016 and expanded it into a multi-million dollar practice globally, focusing on driving value to clients through the integration of intelligent building systems and smart workplace applications.  She has been a pioneer for the deployment of smart building technologies that focus on maximizing the efficiency of building operations, space utilization, and employee productivity.  In 2017, Ms. Pope conceptualized and led the development of the first fully integrated Smart Workplace Mobile App to drive additional functionality of the workplace and create an enhanced end user experience.
Prior to joining JLL, Ms. Pope was the founder and CEO of CoR Advisors®, a woman-owned small business, specializing in smart buildings and technology consulting for commercial and corporate real estate.   CoR Advisors was acquired by JLL in 2015. 
Ms. Pope is a nationally recognized visionary, subject matter expert, author, and speaker on smart buildings, IoT, energy management, energy management, sustainability, in-building wireless solutions, and other real estate technologies.  Based on her accomplishments and work in the industry, she was named "Visionary of the Year" by the DC BID, a DaVinci Gold Award Winner at JLL, and has been recognized as one of Bisnow's Power Women in Commercial Real Estate.


Beatrice Witzgall
Founder and Creative/Product Director, LumiFi

Beatrice is a German-trained Architect and award-winning designer with an in-depth understanding of how technology transforms space and individual interactions therein. She has over twenty years’ experience in an array of industries including architecture, real-estate, lighting, product, hospitality and maritime sectors. Her specialty lies in her ability to create a recognizable identity and ambiance that results in a signature user experience within a physical space or digital design with the use of technology. 
With a focus on IoT and Smart Lighting, Beatrice is a driven, award-winning lighting and digital designer as well as an extensively-published and renowned industry speaker. Having specialized in Yacht and Hospitality Lighting as well as smart lighting technology, Beatrice has a successful track record of product and technology development, design, business development, management, fundraising and business building. She founded I3D in 2008, inc, a design consultancy as well as LumiFi in 2014, smart technology lighting platform. 

Mike Skurla
Director of Digital Strategy, BitBox USA

Mike is a computer scientist that fell into lighting 20 years ago, and just never was able to leave. Mike has spent a good portion of his time within the lighting and building automation field spearheading product ecosystem strategies for large manufacturers surround the use of building data enabled by control technologies. A particular area of focus has been the market shift within the connected building space brought about by commercial building analytics frameworks.
Mike currently is the Director of Product Strategy of BitBox LLC, a Compass Datacenters Company, that specializes in the simplification of mass data aggregation from edge-based infrastructure and facilities for use by analytics services, building control ecosystems, and IoT platforms.
Mike regularly contributes to several publications on advanced technologies in buildings including USGBC+, the ASHRAE Journal, LD+A, and Facility Executive magazine. Additionally, he is a regular contributor to IESNA Educational programs.  
 

The Hort Report

Lauren Morlino
Emerging Technologies & Services Manager, Efficiency Vermont

Lauren Morlino researches, tests, and plans programs, services, and strategies for the statewide energy efficiency utility Efficiency Vermont. Her work has accelerated statewide market transformation in lighting and other technologies, while meeting the evolving needs of Vermont ratepayers for cost-effective solutions. A VEIC program manager for four years, Lauren has researched and designed initiatives for lighting, controls, and consumer electronics. In her current role as Efficiency Vermont Emerging Technologies and Services Manager, Lauren is prototyping exciting, innovative, and efficient technologies and services for Vermont residents and businesses. 

Corinne Wilder
Director, Global Business Operations, Fluence Bioengineering

As Director of Global Business Operations for Fluence Bioengineering, Corinne Wilder has gained deep insights into market trends and customer demands in the horticulture industry. Working across the full lifecycle of horticulture lighting manufacture, from product design to customer engagement, Wilder has become an expert in helping companies understand their lighting strategy - from light canopy layout to implementation. Of the many activities that Wilder leads, her passion involves partnership development with Utility Providers across North America to help secure rebates and incentives for commercial horticulture operations to help their transition to more efficient and effective technologies.

John Wilson
Strategic Products Manager, Lighting Design Lab


John A. Wilson has worked in the utility industry for over a decade and has comprehensive experience designing and implementing efficiency programs. 
John has worked regionally and nationally with industry partners to lead and support investment in emerging technologies and market research.  He spent six years at the Bonneville Power Administration where he managed the regional C+I lighting program and led implementation efforts across the commercial sector including refrigeration, HVAC, and strategic energy management.  He has served on numerous regional workgroups where he has helped to inform strategy and align utility approaches in support of market transformation.   
Since 2007 he has also worked with craft producers to increase awareness of energy consumption and to support emerging technologies in the indoor ag space. As Stakeholder Solutions Manager for the Lighting Design Lab, John works on behalf of member utilities to proactively engage industry partners with the goal of facilitating technology-transfer and supporting utilities in their goal to create a positive customer experience. 
A native of the Pacific Northwest, John graduated from the University of Washington and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
 

Light, Health and Energy: A Balancing Act for Wellness and Efficiency

Mariana G. Figueiro
Ph.D. and Director, Lighting Research Center

Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., is Director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) and Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has also served as Light and Health Program Director at the LRC since 1999. Dr. Figueiro is well known for her research on the effects of light on human health, circadian photobiology, and lighting for older adults. She holds a bachelor's in architectural engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and a master's in lighting and a doctorate in multidisciplinary science from Rensselaer. Her master's and Ph.D. dissertation research focused on the human circadian response to light. Figueiro is the recipient of the 2007 NYSTAR James D. Watson Award, the 2008 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and the 2010 Rensselaer James M. Tien '66 Early Career Award. In 2013 she was elected Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society. She is the author of more than 80 scientific articles in her field of research, along with the AARP-sponsored publication, Lighting the Way: a Key to Independence, which provides guidelines for the design of lighting to meet the needs of older adults. Her research is regularly featured in national media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American. Dr. Figueiro has also brought attention to the significance of light and health as a topic of public interest through her recent TEDMED talk. Education:B.S. in architecture and urbanism, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil; M.S. in lighting, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D. in Multidisciplinary Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Research interests:Photobiology research, energy efficient lighting (market transformations), lighting applications, human factors in lighting, non-visual effects of light, circadian phototransduction, effects of light onsleep, effects of light on alertness, lighting for older adults.

Gayathri Unnikrishnan
Director, Standard Development, Light Concept Lead, International WELL Building Institute

Gayathri Unnikrishnanis responsible for managing the Alternative Adherence Path (AAP), Innovation, and Equivalency processes. These processes enable project teams to develop novel paths to achieve the intent of the features in the standard and to use programs and regulations that are locally relevant to their project. As the subject matter expert in lighting for IWBI, Gayathri focuses on the importance of natural and electric lighting on the well being of occupants in the built environment. Gayathri has held various roles in the field of lighting in the built environment. Prior to IWBI, she was working as an independent lighting consultant in India and the Middle East. Before that, she served as subject matter expert for lighting and managed the luminaire manufacturing verticalat Sobha LLC, a well-known real estate developer in Dubai. Gayathri holds a Master's degree in Architectural Lighting Design from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India. In her free time, Gayathri enjoys exploring new places, as well as hanging out with her super friendly coonhound, Luna.

James Benya
Principal Illuminating Engineer and Lighting Designer, Benya Burnett Lighting Design

Jim Benya is a professional illuminating engineer, lighting designer, educator and consultant with 40 years of experience. He is a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer, Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (FIES), and Fellow of the International Association of Lighting Designers  (IALD).  A member of the legendary Smith Hinchman & Grylls Lighting Group, he established and led California’s seminal lighting design firm Luminæ Souter Lighting Design as Principal and CEO before starting Benya Lighting Design in 1994 in Portland, Oregon. His design work has been published in every major lighting design and architectural journal, including Architecture, Architectural Record, Architectural Lighting, Progressive Architecture, LD&A, Lighting Dimensions, Interiors, Interior Design, Designers West, Northern California Home and Garden, Architectural Digest, and Building Design and Construction. He has won numerous lighting design awards, including the Edison Award, the Edison Award of Excellence (7 times), the Edison Award for Environmental Design (thrice), the International Illumination Design Award of Excellence, and the Source Awards First Place Award.  He is the author of Lighting Design Basics (Wiley 2012) and Lighting Retrofits and Relighting (Wiley 2011) and his work is featured in nine books, including the Best of Lighting Design. In 2012 he returned to northern California to begin the Benya Burnett Consultancy with partner Deborah Burnett in Davis, California and to work extensively with the California Energy Commission and Southern California Edison. 
 

Applying IEC 62443 Standards to Protect Against Cyber Threats

Bill Goble
Principle Partner, exida

Dr. Goble has over 30 years of professional experience. He is widely recognized as an expert in programmable electronic systems analysis, safety and high availability automation systems, automation systems new product development and market analysis. He developed many of the techniques used for probabilistic evaluation of safety and high availability automation systems. He was formerly Director, Critical Systems at a successful North American safety company. His principle work responsibilities included strategic planning, market analysis, promotion and business management. Dr. Goble previously held positions in research and development including computer design, software design and development and engineering project management. Dr. Goble also teaches reliability engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written two widely used books on topics of safety and reliability modeling including “Control Systems Safety Evaluation and Reliability.” He teaches many of the exida.com courses and ES35, an ISA professional course on safety and reliability. He is a fellow member of ISA. He has published many papers and magazine articles. Dr. Goble has a BSEE from Penn State, a MSEE from Villanova and a PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
 

Introduction to Spectral Power Distribution

Michael Royer
Lighting Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Michael Royer is a senior engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where he works on the Advanced Lighting Science and Technology Research program. His primary research area is human factors in lighting, with an emphasis on color. Michael is a member of the IES Color and Technical Procedures Committees, and is also active with CIE. He is currently an associate editor for the journal Lighting Research & Technology and has served as a guest editor for a special edition of LEUKOS focused on color rendition. Prior to joining PNNL, Michael earned a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from Penn State University, receiving the 2013 Taylor Technical Talent Award from the IES for his published work. Michael was named a future leader of lighting by LD+A magazine in 2010. 
 

Introduction to Ficker Metrics 
Introduction to Product Glare Metrics

Naomi Miller
Senior Lighting Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Naomi Miller has been a Senior Lighting Research Scientist since joining PNNL in 2009. Ms. Miller's work focuses on bridging the knowledge gap between technology and application. She works with clients and stakeholders to overcome the hurdles facing the adoption of energy efficient lighting products. Her research also focuses on lighting quality and the human impacts of light.
Prior to coming to PNNL, Ms. Miller was the Principal of Naomi Miller Lighting Design in Troy, New York. With over 30 architectural lighting design awards, Ms. Miller is a nationally recognized expert in the field of lighting. She chaired the Illuminating Engineering Society's (IES) Quality of the Visual Environment committee for 8 years and was a principal member of the writing team for the IES's Light + Design: A Guide to Designing Quality Lighting for People and Buildings. She currently serves on the Illuminating Engineering Society's Board of Directors and is both a Fellow of the IES and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).