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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2021 Illumination Awards @ The Commodore Hotel
Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

IES MSP is committed to the health and safety of our event attendees. The following City of St. Paul and CDC guidelines will be followed at the IA Banquet to ensure a safe environment and minimize the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus:

– We recommend that all attendees wear face coverings at all times during this event except when actively eating or drinking.

– If you are experiencing the COVID virus symptoms identified by the CDC, please do not attend this program.

– IES MSP has secured the entire Commodore Restaurant to allow for both active networking/socializing and maintain proper social distancing.

Please contact Ann Kvaal at 651-489-1321 or with any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Illumination Awards Banquet!

Register by Wednesday, October 6, 2021! 

Current Considerations for Lighting Education @ Virtual Option or In-person at KFI Engineers
Nov 9 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Current Considerations for Lighting Education

TUESDAY, November 9, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Your choice: In-person or Virtual Event



Pending Approval for 1 CEU  


Please join Professors Abimbola Asojo and Mary Guzowski as they discuss current considerations for lighting education at the University of Minnesota College of Design. Their discussion will focus on emerging trends in lighting education and the collaborative new lighting design undergraduate/graduate minor they developed through the support of the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education. They will also discuss how the lighting curriculum at the University of Minnesota is being expanded to integrate topics related to health and well-being.


Abimbola Asojo, Associate Dean for Research, Creative Scholarship and Engagement and a Professor of Interior Design, University of Minnesota

Mary Guzowski, Professor in the School of Architecture, University of Minnesota

How/Where: This will be a free event and participants can choose to attend virtually or gather in-person to watch the presentation. The presenters will be joining us virtually.

For those that are interested in joining in-person for the presentation, we will gather at KFI (670 County B Road W, St. Paul, MN 55113) in the Training Room to watch. In-person attendees are asked to arrive between 4:15pm – 4:25pm for registration.  We will have some light hors d’ouevres and social time following the presentation. Please note: masks are required at KFI when you are not eating or drinking.

In-person Location:
KFI Engineers
670 County B Road West, Saint Paul, MN, 55113

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


Abimbola Asojo, Associate Dean for Research, Creative Scholarship and Engagement and a Professor of Interior Design, University of Minnesota

Professor Abimbola Asojo is the Associate Dean for Research, Creative Scholarship and Engagement and a Professor of Interior Design. Her teaching areas are architectural lighting design; design and human factors; computing and design; corporate design; and commercial design. She actively engages her students in community based service-learning projects that tackle local and global societal challenges. Her research areas are cross-cultural design, architectural lighting design, African architecture, computing and design, globalization and design, sustainable design, post-occupancy evaluation and K-12 spaces.

Maru Guzowski, Professor in the School of Architecture, University of Minnesota

Mary Guzowski is a Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota. She teaches and conducts research related to daylighting, biophilic, and sustainable design. Her recent research has focused on aesthetic and ecological innovations in daylighting and biophilic design, including a recent book entitled the Art of Architectural Daylighting: Design and Technology (London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd., 2018). She is currently collaborating on a three-year grant with Emilie Snell Rood (PI) and a team of faculty from the College of Biological Sciences and Landscape Architecture on a new grant entitled A Framework for Function in Biology and Bio-Inspired Design, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The project brings together faculty from the College of Biological Sciences and College of Design to develop, test, and apply a conceptual framework for function in biology and bio-inspired design to support engineers and designers with conceptual tools to navigate biological space. As a recent recipient of a new Nuckolls Grant for Lighting Education, she and Abimbola Asojo (Interior Design) are revising the Lighting Design Minor to integrate issues of health and wellbeing. Mary recently coordinated the Biophilic Net-Positive Design Project with a team of architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design faculty in the College of Design to explore biophilic net-positive design across scales and disciplines. The project is continuing under the title of the Bio-Design Network.

Event Fees

IES Member – Free
Non-Member – Free
Student – Free


Please register by Monday, November 8th at 3 pm

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.

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.

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!