Architectural engineering student team recognized in lighting design contest

November 17, 2022

By Mary Fetzer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Two students from the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering won first place in a lighting design competition sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society. They accepted their award at the society’s annual conference held Aug. 3-5 in New Orleans. 

Tina Wang, master’s student of architectural engineering, and Jiacheng “George” Zhu, undergraduate architectural engineering student, won the $1,000 Howard Brandston Student Lighting Design Education Grant. They earned this honor by demonstrating exceptional professional promise through the presentation of an original solution to a supplied design problem, according to the society’s magazine.  

“The Howard Brandston Grant competition provides a good opportunity for lighting design students to test their creative and technical design skills,” said Alp Durmus, assistant professor of architectural engineering. “I’m ecstatic that Tina and George were recognized for their ingenious design solution, which had a strong emphasis on originality and a technical strength that reflected their hard work.” 


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