Mark S Rea

Professor & LRC Director

Dr. Rea is the director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center and an expert in human vision, lighting engineering, human factors, photobiology, psychology, light and health, nighttime vision, and visual performance. He is the author of more than 100 scientific and technical articles related to vision, lighting engineering, and human factors and was the editor-in-chief of the 8th and 9th editions of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Lighting Handbook. His current research projects include the study of the effects of light and circadian disruption on breast cancer, research on the effects of daylight on worker productivity in commercial offices, the development of new metrics to improve the acceptance of energy-efficient lighting technologies, and research on reducing the market barriers to widespread use of energy-efficient lighting controls.


M.S., biophysics, Ohio State University Ph.D., biophysics, Ohio State University