This issue’s member spotlight is on J. Lynn Davis – Board Manager-at-Large.
Past/Recent Projects: Tunable Lighting for Classrooms, State of NC Guidance Document for Solid-State Lighting
When did you first hear about the IES and what prompted you to join? I first heard about IES around 2007 through the standards work that was needed to promote the emergence of solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies. I was encouraged to join IES by several colleagues and officially joined IES in June 2009. A primary motivation for me to join IES was the education component, networking opportunities, and to keep track of the quickly emerging standards (e.g., LM-79, LM-80) that were being developed for the SSL industry.
What is the best thing about the Society? Why do you continue to renew? The best thing about being part of IES is the networking opportunities both at the Raleigh section level and at the national level. There are so many opportunities to get involved in IES and make connections throughout the industry including the local section, standards committees, educational committees, and the national meeting. My IES participation has played a key role in building my personal networks.
At what point in your career did you come to understand lighting as a career path for you? I started focusing myself on lighting in the middle of my career around 2005. The lighting industry was undergoing significant change with the emergence of SSL technologies in the market. My previous background was in electronics and telecom manufacturing, so the metamorphosis occurring in the lighting industry was something that I had experienced previously. I was interested in being part of another growing industry that impacts everyone’s life.
When not serving the advancement of the art and science of lighting, how do you like to spend your free time? I send my free time doing things around the house and playing a little golf. I am also a big fan of the Carolina Hurricanes and of course the UNC Tar Heels.