Nadarajah Narendran

Professor, School of Architecture

Dr. Narendran is the director of research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center. He is known throughout the lighting industry for his pioneering research, publications, and educational activities in the field of solid-state lighting. His leadership has helped to bridge the science of solid-state LED technology with mainstream lighting applications. His efforts led to the formation of the Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST), an LED industry group designed to advance the effective use of energy-efficient solid-state lighting and speed its market acceptance. Dr. Narendran has authored or co-authored more than 75 articles in archival journals and proceedings and holds several patents, including one as co-inventor of SPE™ (scattered photon extraction) technology. He is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and a member of the International Society for Optical Engineering


Ph.D., Physics, University of Rhode Island

Research Focus
  • LED Packaging
  • Solid State Lighting
  • Light Testing and Evaluation