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IDA Technical Committee

The International Dark-Sky Association 2021 Technical Committee members are:

Chad Moore, Chair | USA

Chad Moore holds degrees in Geography and Earth Science and has a longtime interest in the beauty and science of the night sky. From 1999 to 2015 he led the US National Park Service Night Skies Program, establishing a conservation ethic and strategy addressing natural nightscapes. Chad has published papers on the measurement of light pollution, visual characteristics of a natural night sky, cultural astronomy, and has supported the research of several avenues of inquiry surrounding the night sky. Working with naturalists and interpreters he co-developed a curriculum for communicating the impact light pollution and motivating conservation. Chad co-authored IDA guidance on International Dark Sky Parks in 2006, International Dark Sky Reserves in 2009, and has served on the IDA Technical Committee since 2017.


Robert Adams,| Ph.D. | USA
C&W Energy Solutions LLC, Managing Partner

Robert Adams earned his Ph.D. from Brown University. Over his career, he has acquired a depth and breadth of experience in research and development resulting in the introduction of new technology in the marketplace. 

Now as founder and President of C&W Energy Solutions, Dr. Adams is a pioneer in utilizing the science of lighting to effect change in the ecology. Recent field studies undertaken with the Mauna Kea Observatory on the Big Island of Hawai’i and the Smithsonian Institute in the Amazon Rain Forest have successfully demonstrated the company’s cutting-edge products ability to address unique challenges to the environment.


Christopher Bailey | USA
Hubbell Incorporated, VP, Integrated Solutions

Experienced and successful technology and business development professional, managing disruptive technology development and channel strategy across a global operations and sales footprint for lighting, lighting control and electrical markets. Known for value creation and leading change through dynamic and complex organizational and market environments. Pioneer in solid-state lighting technology, advanced LED optics, commercial and industrial luminaires and controls, with an emphasis on intelligent luminaires and building control systems for energy efficient new-installation and retrofit/relight applications.


Aubrey Larsen | USA
Aubrey Larsen, Coordinator

Aubrey Larsen works to improve the human experience through quality design, clear communication, and data-driven planning and decision making in her position with the Utah Community Development Office. In addition to her work with the state, Aubrey provides support for landscape-scale dark sky conservation efforts throughout the Four Corners region as Coordinator for the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative. As a passionate designer, cartographer, researcher, night sky advocate, and regional planner she believes that in order to plan for an uncertain future we must first understand and respect the relationship between people, places, and policies.


Terry McGowan | USA
Lighting Ideas Inc., Illuminating Engineer/Designer

Terry is a longtime member of the IDA and has served on the IDA Board (8 years) and as chair of the IDA Technical Committee.  

He was with GE Lighting in Cleveland, OH for 38 years as a lighting application engineer and then Manager of Application Engineering & Training. He retired in 1998 and opened his own consulting business, Lighting Ideas, Inc. which is involved in lighting research, education, and outdoor lighting applications.  He worked with the Geauga Parks District on the designation of Observatory Park (Montville, OH) as a Dark Sky Park and is a member of the newly-formed IDA Ohio Chapter.

Terry is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society, a recipient of the IES Medal Award and a member of the International Commission on Illumination.  His education includes a B.S. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in Electrical and Illumination Engineering.


Christian K. Monrad | USA
Monrad Engineering, Inc., Principal 

Chris is registered as a Professional Engineer (Electrical) in Arizona (37386) with more than 37 years of experience in design and construction phase activities for a variety of outdoor lighting related projects. His expertise also includes master planning activities with representatives of the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, Marana Airport, Tucson Airport Authority, City of Tucson, Pima County, and numerous school districts and private entities throughout Southern Arizona.

Chris is involved with various technical and professional societies, serving twice as President for the Board of Directors of the International Dark-Sky Association and past IDA Board Member for 21 years; past-president of the So. AZ. Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

Chris has recently worked nearly 20 municipalities to facilitate logical, economical, and astronomically/ecologically sensitive transitions from HID to LED street lighting systems around the US to preserve the economic vitality of astronomical and optics industries as well as to protect the night sky for all citizens. Approximately 500,000 luminaires total are anticipated to be replaced in these locales.


Kellie Pendoley, Ph.D. | Australia
Pendoley Environmental Pty Ltd, Principal Scientist and Director

Dr. Kellie Pendoley has over 35 years’ experience as an environmental practitioner within the oil and gas and mining industries in Western Australia. Since the early 1990’s her career has focused primarily on marine turtles and their interaction with industry which led to an interest in the biological impacts of artificial light at night and a 30-year long quest to quantify skyglow at a landscape scale. Kellie has been instrumental in developing novel techniques for stand-alone, beach-based, monitoring of artificial light at night in remote locations.  This experience culminated in her lead author role in drafting the Australian Commonwealth Government National Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife in 2019. Her current Community Service includes; International Dark-Sky Association Vice President, Perth Zoo board member and IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group Australasian Regional Vice Co-Chair. Kellie also serves as a peer reviewer for several international scientific journals. 


Kirt W. Rusenko, Ph.D. | USA
City of Boca Raton at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Marine Conservationist

Kirt has been the Marine Conservationist for the City of Boca Raton based at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center since 1995.  He is in charge of the Boca Raton Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program which monitors sea turtles on Boca Raton’s five miles of beaches.  He has been working on reducing many forms of environmentally destructive lighting that is now negatively impacting sea turtles even in areas with no beachfront lighting.  Kirt was awarded the 2012 Lighting Design Award and a 2013 Dark Sky Defender Award from the International Dark-Sky Association. Previous positions were Research Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of North Carolina Medical School in Chapel Hill.  Research and Development Scientist for Thermo Separation Products in Riviera Beach, FL . Environmental Specialist for Florida Power and Light at the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant.


Brad Schlesselman | USA
Musco Lighting Company, Senior Research Engineer

Brad is responsible for various lighting and vision research projects at Musco Lighting in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He began his lighting career as a Lighting Designer for Musco in 1998. In 2001, he successfully completed the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions, Lighting Certification (LC) exam. In 2005, he took on the role of a Lighting Specialist, with emphasis on Technical Training/Education. In 2012, he became a Senior Research Engineer engaged with vision research on the Intrinsically Photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells (IPRGC)/melanopsin receptors and their role on perceived brightness. During his time with Musco, he has conducted numerous speaking engagements and is currently the Chair of the Discomfort Glare in Outdoor Nighttime Environments Committee (IES). He is also a member of the Sky Glow Committee (IES) and serves on the International Dark-Sky Association Technical Committee. 

Melanopic Research Presentations/Demonstrations:

  •       2015 IES Annual Conference (Indianapolis, IN)
  •       2016 CORM Annual Meetings (Gaithersburg, MD)
  •       2016 IES Research Symposium (Gaithersburg, MD)
  •       PNNL – Lighting Research Facility (Portland, OR)
  •       2017 IES Annual Conference (Portland, OR)
  •       2018 LightFair (Chicago, IL)
  •       2019 DOE-SSL R&D Workshop (San Diego, CA) – Upcoming


Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska | Poland
GUT LightLab, Gdansk University of Technology (GUT), Asst. Prof. Dr. 

Karolina is a chartered RIBA architect and award-winning practicing lighting designer. She is also an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland, and co-founder of GUT LightLab, where she conducts research on various aspects of light and lighting in the built environment. Actively engaged in the work of international organizations including the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), Karolina is well known for her critical voice on urban lighting and light pollution, providing guidelines and sharing best practice for nighttime illumination to policymakers, investors, lighting professionals, and manufacturers. In 2015, she was awarded the Professional Lighting Design Recognition Award in the category “Research” for her work on the non-visual effects of light on humans, flora, and fauna. Karolina regularly speaks at international lighting design and light pollution conferences and has published her work in scientific journals such as Nature and Sustainability.

Paulina Villalobos
| Chile
DIAV Director / Noche Zero Director
Paulina Villalobos is from the Atacama Desert, the driest, brightest & starriest place on earth. The natural perfect light and darkness guide her interest to study, work, and promoting lighting design with nature as a reference of quality for day and night. In 2005 Paulina founded DIAV, an architectural lighting design practice based in Santiago, Chile, and developed conceptual designs for Singapore. Her works have been awarded in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Paulina received the Dora Riedel award for innovation, awarded for the first time by the Chilean Architects Association 2018. In 2012 she founded Noche Zero, an initiative to change the paradigm for urban lighting planning, promoting the importance of lighting design and the incorporation of ecology, human health, and light pollution control. Noche Zero received the Dark Sky Defender Award by IDA in 2012 and was a nominee for the Award at Large in PLDC Copenhagen. Noche Zero has reached 20+ countries in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Recognized as an enthusiastic speaker, Paulina is currently a lighting design professor for post-graduate programs at the University of Chile. She has been invited to conferences and seminars in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, China, USA, and Singapore. She is editor of the lighting chapter for the guide of sustainable public spaces for Chile (Chilean Chamber of Construction, Ministry of Urban Planning) a consultant for the new regulation of interior lighting in Chile, and current consultant for regulatory review of outdoor lighting in Chile (Ministry of Energy).


Paul Gregory | United Kingdom
Dyson – Global Specification & Training Director

Paul originally trained in audio visual and theatre lighting design after leaving the British Army in 1991 and has spent over 25 years in senior architectural lighting specification roles for Sylvania & Eaton Cooper and now heads-up global specification and training for Dyson Professional.

Paul is an active member of both the chartered institute of building services engineers CIBSE and the society of light & lighting MSLL, regularly contributing to debates and white papers on lighting technology and metrics.

Paul is a keen amateur astronomer and conservationist and is promoting the vision and membership of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) in the UK.

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