Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy to Launch in June: The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder formed the Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy (RMLA), which will provide continuing education to professionals working in the lighting industry.

The RMLA is an extension of the lighting program within architectural engineering at the University of Colorado, and proceeds will go towards its undergraduate division. In support of lighting education at Colorado, initial grants for the RMLA are being provided by the Besal Fund, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA,) the IALD Education Trust, and the National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA.)

The first program offered by the RMLA will be a Summer Lighting Institute scheduled for June 18-21, 2013, on the campus at CU-Boulder. While the 2013 program focuses on continuing technical education for those in engineering, product development, and technical sales positions, future programs are planned to address a variety of needs within the professional lighting community.

“The need for high-level, in-depth education for professionals in our industry has never been greater,” says David DiLaura, Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado and the Master Teacher for the 2013 RMLA Summer Lighting Institute. “Participants in the RMLA Summer Lighting Institute will be better equipped for making a positive impact within their respective organizations, and on the industry as a whole,” notes DiLaura.

DiLaura is working closely with the other lighting faculty at the University of Colorado to prepare the Summer Lighting Institute curriculum, with input from the lighting design, manufacturing, and technology leaders who serve on the RMLA Advisory Board.

“The IESNA is excited to support the lighting education programs at the University of Colorado,” says Chip Israel, IESNA President and a member of the RMLA Advisory Board. “The undergraduate program at Boulder has a long history of providing outstanding professionals for our industry, and the RMLA is a great way to not only further enhance the education for professionals available in our industry, but also to provide ongoing financial support for the Colorado program,” adds Israel.

Further details on the RMLA may be found at rmla.colorado.edu.