The Minneapolis–Saint Paul Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers. To keep abreast with our upcoming events follow the calendar below.

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Webinar: Lighting for Livestock Animals
Dec 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join IES MSP for a “Lighting for Livestock Animals” virtual program on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 3 pm featuring Aaron Stephan.

Learning objectives for this program:

  • • Review our understanding of visual and non-visual perception mechanisms in poultry and how this affects their reproductive physiology.

    • Highlight our recent work to develop a “lighting recipe” for efficient and welfare-enhancing growth in chickens.

    • Present data on how lighting is being used for biosecurity applications within the animal agriculture segment.


Aaron Stephan brings over 15 years of scientific research experience spanning Microbiology to Plant Science to Vertebrate Sensory Biology. In his role as Director of Biological Research and Development, Aaron leads photobiological research activities to develop new technologies that integrate light’s influence on physiology and welfare in poultry and livestock. Aaron conducts and coordinates research between industry partners, academic teams, and ONCE’s own laboratories, research farm, and lighting expert colleagues at Signify.

Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and a Ph.D. in Biology from the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining ONCE, Aaron was a Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California San Diego. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the International Poultry Welfare Alliance.

Learning, Lighting & Color @ Virtual Option or In-person at Hummingbird Design Lab
Jan 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“Learning, Lighting & Color

TUESDAY, January 11, 2022

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Your choice: In-person or Virtual Event



Pending Approval for 1 CEU  

Please join IES MSP for the Jan. 11  “Lighting, Learning & Color” program featuring Randy Fielding, AIA, Founding Partner and Innovation Leader at Fielding International, an interdisciplinary architecture and education firm that designs schools where learners thrive.

Learning Objectives for this program:

• Learn about the core principles of learning that drive effective lighting design in schools and universities.

• Learn about myths in lighting and color and schools

• Understand four broad categories of lighting in environments where learners thrive.

• Learn about the connection between movement, color and effective learning.


Randy Fielding, AIA, is the Founding Partner and Innovation Leader at Fielding International, an interdisciplinary architecture and education firm that designs schools where learners thrive. As a champion for the firm’s mission, Randy serves as a thought leader, learning collaborator, and design mentor. His work, which extends from early childhood to higher education and across 50 countries, has earned more than a dozen international design awards.

Randy’s article “Learning, Lighting & Color” was first published by the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) in 2006. An alternate version was published by Edutopia entitled “What They See Is What We Get: A Primer on Light, Ten myths about lighting and color in schools. While the technology has changed significantly during the last 15 years, the core design principles remain largely the same, and Randy continues to expand and share the knowledge base.

You can see Randy’s latest publications on Place-based Education at, and also access his firm’s open source library of design patterns for creative learning environments at

How/Where: Participants can choose to attend virtually or in-person.

For those interested in joining in-person, we will gather at Hummingbird Design Lab (3453 Hennepin Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN). In-person attendees are asked to arrive between 3:45pm – 3:55pm for registration.

Please note: For the safety of all attendees, IES MSP requires all in-person participants to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and/or negative Covid-19 test within 24 hours of this program. Also if you register to attend in-person but are feeling ill prior to the program, we ask that you join this program virtually.

Event Fee: $15.00
For the safety of all registrants we will be choosing to forgo food/drinks, however, all registered attendees will receive a $10 GrubHub gift card emailed to them prior to the program (that may be used at any time).

In person attendance will be capped to 30 people – so sign up early if you are interested in that option.

In-person Location: Hummingbird Design Lab

3453 Hennepin Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Those participating virtually will be sent connection information prior to the event.

Please register by Monday, January 10th at 3 pm

Fundamentals of Lighting 2022 @ To be determined
Mar 3 @ 5:00 pm

Complete details for the 2022 Fundamentals of Lighting will be available in early 2022.

Webinar: A New Sales Pitch
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lighting projects are often evaluated on an energy-based ROI even though the value of non-energy benefits (NEBs) may be far more important. Networked lighting systems, coupled with quality lighting design, can achieve deeper energy savings while improving the productivity and comfort of the people occupying commercial spaces. By shifting marketing tactics, the industry can help customers look beyond just the ‘energy story’ of networked lighting controls to include some of the less obvious but highly valuable benefits. This webinar will discuss how networked lighting systems achieve multiple building goals that enhance the space, achieve maximum energy savings, provide an economical solution, and above all deliver quality lighting for the people within the space.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).


Dan MellingerDan Mellinger
Dan Mellinger is a Principal with Energy Futures Group, a Vermont-based firm that works to advance clean energy policies. Dan specializes in the design, planning and administration of energy efficiency programs, with an emphasis on commercial and industrial sectors. He provides technical consultative services on efficient technology capabilities, market analysis, technology adoption, energy savings potential, industry standards, training, and financing. He is experienced in the policy and regulation of goal setting, budgets, annual reporting, and performance incentives. Dan has consulted on hundreds of commercial efficiency projects across many jurisdictions nationwide and has designed and administered industry-leading commercial lighting programs. He received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, is a licensed Professional Engineer, is a Certified Energy Manager, and is Lighting Certified.

Liesel Whitney-SchulteLiesel Whitney-Schulte
Liesel Whitney-Schulte, LC, is the program director for the DLC, where her responsibilities include oversight of stakeholder outreach and engagement; program design, development and management; and providing support for the Solid-State Lighting Qualified Product List and Networked Lighting Controls programs to help advance quality lighting products in the market.

Aluz Lighting

A special thanks to April’s Educational Webinar Platform sponsor:
ALUZ Architectural Lighting


TopGolf Social @ TopGolf
Apr 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Please join IES MSP for a long awaited, in-person social gathering at TopGolf! This is a great opportunity to network with other members while practicing your golf swing for the upcoming season. There will be great conversation, beverages, appetizers, and (hopefully) warm weather.

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

TopGolf – Brooklyn Center
6420 N. Camden Avenue
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

IES MSP Member – $50
Guest – $75

Please register by Thursday, April 21, 2022

Luminous Sculpture @ City of Minneapolis Public Service Building
May 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please join IES-MSP on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 for a tour of the illuminated art in the new City of Minneapolis Public Service Building. We will be hosted by Mary Altman, City of Minneapolis Public Arts Administrator, and Talia Moorman, City of Minneapolis Public Arts Coordinator, along with Michael Cohen of Schuler Shook, lighting director for the project, and Ian Adams of Gopher Stage Lighting, lighting and controls technical coordinator for the project.

When: Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Where: City of Minneapolis Public Service Building – Where to park
505 Fourth Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55415


4:00pm – Registrations open in the Ground Floor conference room where light hors d’oeuvres will be served along with non-alcoholic beverages (water, juice, soda).

4:30pm – A brief presentation on the background of the project and what we will be looking at on the tour.

4:45pm – Break into two groups and tour the art installations in the facility

5:45pm – Reconvene in the Ground Floor Conference Room for a brief Q & A

6:00pm – Conclusion of the event

Mask are currently recommended for those who are vulnerable and unvaccinated. The elevator lobbies are small, so you may want to use them in that location. We will have facemasks available.

For more information about the artwork and artists, visit the public art pages on the City’s website.

Please register by noon on Monday, May 9, 2022

IES MSP 2022 Illumination Awards Gala @ The Commodore Hotel
Sep 13 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Register by Friday, September 2! 

Site Tour
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Complete details coming soon!

Devil is in the Details @ Online - login information will be sent with registration confirmation
Nov 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We’ve all had those projects where in your mind, the details are very well coordinated and perfect, but when the installation happens, it’s not at all like you planned. Conversely, we’ve had those projects where in coordinating all the details, one manages to slip, but it ends up being installed really well. A happy accident that leads to possibly a better outcome than you dreamed up. In this discussion, seasoned lighting designers will talk about their successful projects/installations and the tips and tricks that went into making those a success… along with some “that’s not quite how we planned it” installations and applications that resulted in the BIG lessons learned. As they say, “the Devil is in the details.”

When: Tuesday, November 8, 2022 @ 3:00 p.m.

Where: Virtual

For those that would like to get together and enjoy some appetizers and refreshments we will hold a viewing party at Pulse Products in their tech center at 6130 Blue Circle Dr., Minnetonka, MN 55343

Cost: $10

Learning Objectives:

  • Acknowledge that every project is an opportunity to learn, we all make mistakes, and the key is to learn from those mistakes along the way.
  • Understand to what level of detail certain aspects of design need to be drawn, how to document successful installations and how integrations from all parts of the design team helped lead to that success.
  • Understanding of how all the construction players can be helpful in working through issues that arise.
  • Understand how to avoid less successful details and applications and where the pitfalls arose.


Katherine Stekr, CLD, IALD, IES, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C – HLB Lighting Design

As an Associate Director and an integral member of the design team, Katherine’s role is to ensure that the client receives a lighting scheme that suits their programmatic requirements, budget, and aesthetic considerations. She is inspired by the stories that set the tone for the building design and strives to capture what is unique about the architecture and the client when developing the lighting design.  Katherine was drawn to lighting design because it represented a hybrid of creativity, problem solving and biological sciences — though it wasn’t her first choice of study. Originally slated to major in chemical engineering, with the intention of pursuing a career in manufacturing explosives, her perspective changed after taking an engineering class that introduced her to lighting. From that point on, she has fostered an ever-evolving appreciation for the impact that light can have on a space, and the emotional connection it can strike with occupants.

Rachel Fitzgerald, CLD, LC, IALD, IES, LEED AP BD+C – Stantec

Rachel Fitzgerald is a Principal and the discipline lead for lighting design with global design firm Stantec. She has nearly 20 years of experience providing exterior and interior lighting designs for hospitality, mixed-use, retail, corporate interiors, civic, multi-family and recreation projects. Rachel is an industry leader who drives health and wellbeing through lighting, providing significant expertise to Stantec’s buildings and master plans globally. Her talent and commitment to the design of highly-sustainable and human-centric spaces has been recognized with more than three dozen design awards.  Rachel’s drive to create a world where lighting plays a more impactful role manifests itself through her industry involvement. She is actively involved in regional and national organizations such as the IALD and is passionate about educating others on the power of quality lighting. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Colorado and serves as a content advisor for the WELL Building Light Concept.

Please register by noon on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022

Webinar: Tear Down This Wall: The Renaissance Pioneer or the Specialist?
Nov 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Industry leaders, in a variety of lighting design specialties, discuss ways in which the training of young professionals can be pioneered for the field’s inevitable changes. Can existing programs create a larger, more qualified pool of young professionals via a “renaissance-like” approach to the lighting industry? Panelists will respond to audience engagement.

Webinar participants are eligible for one and a half (1.5) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Stan Kaye MODERATOR: Stan Kaye, SK Design and Consulting LLC Stan Kaye is the founder and principal consultant of SKD. Throughout his 35 years of experience as a designer, educator, and consultant, projects have taken him to nearly all fifty states as well as Europe, Asia and Australia. He has served as the director of the graduate design program at the University of Florida from 1999-2003 and 2011-present. He held membership in United Scenic Artists local 829, the Illuminating Engineers Society, and the International Association of Lighting Designers. Combining an interest in photography, the human visual system, entertainment design, and museum artifact illumination, he has developed a deep knowledge and expertise in lighting design and technology for performance facilities of all types as well as architecture and museums.

Scott Rosenfeld PANELIST: Scott Rosenfeld, Lighting Designer at Smithsonian Institution Scott Rosenfeld designs lighting for museums. Originally trained as a theatrical lighting designer, since 1997 Scott has worked at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C. The advent of LED lighting has led Scott to research new possibilities for manipulating the spectrum of light to enhance vision and slow the degradation of light sensitive materials. Scott frequently lectures about how lighting can allow visitors to better see and appreciate artwork at conferences including: DOE, AIA, IALD, IES, PACCIN and LFI. Scott is chair of the IES’s Museum and Art Gallery Committee.

Kathy Perkins PANELIST: Kathy Perkins Kathy has designed lighting for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theatres such as American Conservatory Theatre, Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, St. Louis Black Repertory, Alliance, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Baltimore Center Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, New Federal Theatre, Mark Taper, Yale Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, People’s Light, and Playmakers Repertory. Kathy is the recipient of numerous research and design awards, including Ford Foundation, Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, an NAACP Image Award and Henry Hewes Design Award. In 2007 she was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. She received her BFA from Howard University and M.F.A. from the University of Michigan. Kathy is faculty Emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dennis Size PANELIST: Dennis Size, The Lighting Design Group In his 40+ year career Dennis has designed the lighting for shows on every major television Broadcast and cable Network. His international design repertoire includes theatre, dance, live events, soap operas, talk shows, news magazines, government projects, corporate facilities, concerts, sporting events, political conventions, Presidential debates, award shows, and the latest ‘craze’ – home studios and podcasts. He’s written for trade journals and taught at several Universities, including Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, and the University of Scranton. He has been nominated for the EMMY Award 12 times, and has won five. Dennis is an Executive Vice-President of the LIGHTING DESIGN GROUP—an international Broadcast lighting design company headquartered in New York City.

Chip Israel PANELIST: Chip Israel, Lighting Design Alliance Chip Israel has been a lighting designer for over 38 years. In 1992, he founded LIGHTING DESIGN ALLIANCE, a full-service architectural lighting design firm, where he built a highly-select team of lighting design professionals who now serve a variety of clients worldwide. As Co-CEO and Founder, Chip works closely with the owner, design team, and manufacturers to ensure lighting systems are fully integrated with the architectural design and enhance the designer’s concepts. His list of credentials includes being elected as a Fellow in both the IALD, the International Association of Lighting Designers, and the Illuminating Engineering Society. Lighting Design Alliance has also been recognized by winning over 300 National and International design awards, including multiple awards for sustainable lighting design.

Naomi Miller PANELIST: Naomi Miller, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Naomi Miller straddles the line between design and engineering at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Portland OR. By bridging the gap between technology and application, she promotes the wise use of LEDs, working with industry to overcome hurdles and celebrate the opportunities. She recently served on the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Board of Directors, and is both a Fellow of the IES and the IALD. Her current research interests are flicker, glare, and light and health. She recently served on the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Board of Directors and is both a Fellow of the IES and the IALD.

Jeff Ravitz PANELIST: Jeff Ravitz, Intensity Advisors, LLC Jeff Ravitz is a Primetime Emmy®-winning lighting designer, lecturer, and writer specializing in live entertainment being captured for multi-camera television. He is the co-author of the book, Lighting For Televised Live Events. Jeff has designed TV specials, from awards shows, concerts and stand-up comedy to debates, interviews and entertainment scenes in films. He is the broadcast lighting advisor to the Coachella festival. His concert credits include world tours for Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, John Mellencamp, Styx and Ringo Starr. Jeff was named a Parnelli Lighting Designer of the Year. His design firm, Intensity Advisors, is based in Los Angeles.

Anne Militello PANELIST: Anne Militello, Vortex Lighting Anne Militello is an internationally recognized lighting designer and fine artist with a career spanning all aspects of creating with light. Noted theater work includes original productions directed by Sam Shepard, Maria Irene Fornes, and David Lynch; the Broadway production of ‘Cuba and His Teddy Bear;’ and Christopher Alden’s opera production of ‘The Flying Dutchman.’ She has designed touring concert productions for Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, KD Lang, Lou Reed, The Decemberists, Neil Young and Pearl Jam. Numerous architectural projects include the façade of the New 42nd Street Studios and original integrated light art and media installations that continue to grace buildings in NYC. She designed Disneyland attractions with Walt Disney Imagineering and worked with Universal Studios on ‘The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.’ Anne is the Principal and Founder of Vortex Lighting.