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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Demystifying DMX @ Twin Cities Tavern 400
Dec 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm


Approved for 1 AIA/CEU credit

Please join IES-MSP for our next event on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 for a lunch presentation of “Demystifying DMX. Our presenter Jeff James, Senior Product Manager for Fresco and Pathway products at Acuity Brands Lighting, will provide a presentation on the history of lighting control, the evolution of DMX as an industry standard, DMX in the commercial lighting market, and how DMX works.

DMX protocol and its predecessors have long been considered the exclusive realm of theatres and entertainment venues. This program will set the foundation for the modern use of DMX by investigating the history of stage lighting, the need and development of a Theatrical Industry Standard, and why DMX has made the migration to commercial lighting by providing an overview of potential protocol use cases, basic operation and functionality.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recall the history of Lighting Control
  • Summary of the evolution of DMX as an industry Standard
  • Discuss how DMX may be applied in commercial applications.
  • Describe how DMX Functions

Featured Speaker: Jeff James has been in the Lighting Controls industry for over 20 years. Before entering the controls arena, he was a Network Admin, setting up and running small to medium size company networks. When starting off in lighting controls he did both take offs and quotations when he wasn’t in the field performing troubleshooting and startup. He has worked the phones as tech support and moved through the ranks to manager the Controls Support group for Acuity Brands. He then decided to move over to the product side of the business and worked as Product Support Manager helping support the product groups and engineers to get product launched, specs sheets created, and documentation out to the masses. For the past 2 years he has worked as Senior Product Manager for Pathway Connectivity where he works with Pathway Dealers and Acuity sales agents to determine what is next for the Pathway portfolio.


11:30 AM-12:00 PM: Registration and Lunch

12:00-100 PM: Presentation

Meeting Location

Twin Cities 400 Tavern

1330 Industrial Blvd NE, Suite 400

Minneapolis, MN 55413

Event Fees

IES Member $25.00

Non-Member $35.00

Student $10.00

Registration deadline is Friday, December 8. Thank you!

Change in thought for Exterior Lighting @ Virtual - Via Zoom
Jan 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Please join IES MSP for a “Change in thought for Exterior Lighting” virtual program on Tuesday, January 9 at 12 pm featuring Nick Mesler, PE, Director of Business Solutions at Evari GIS Consulting.

After attending this virtual program, participants will be able to:

1. Understand the benefits of public engagement in developing lighting master plans, emphasizing equity and responsibility in public lighting projects.

2. Learn practical data-driven strategies to support decision-making for city leaders, prioritizing funding for public lighting while considering safety, character, equity, and responsibility.

3. Recognize the intrinsic values of streetlighting and its interaction with various disciplines, understanding its role in supporting social benefits beyond energy savings and standards.

4. Apply practical strategies to integrate streetlighting considerations into comprehensive planning and design processes, balancing competing needs, prioritizing resources, and promoting equitable distribution through collaboration and stakeholder engagement.

Please register by Monday, January 8, 2024

Featured Speaker: Nick Mesler, PE is the Director of Operations at Evari GIS Consulting. Nick graduated from San Diego State University in 2017 and brings seven years of Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering experience to the team. His experience has been focused on traffic operations support for planning and design projects related to active transportation, citywide plans, and private development. He has GIS applicable experience in large-scale data collection, geospatial data analytics, parking demand management, community outreach, safe routes to school, traffic safety plans, and policy development. Nick is based out of Portland, Oregon, and supports clients throughout the Pacific Northwest region and the United States.

Integrated Ceiling and Lighting Solutions @ Park Tavern, Meeting Room
Feb 13 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Please join IES MSP for a “Integrated Ceiling and Lighting Solutions” program on Tuesday, February 13 from 4:30-6:30 pm featuring Daniela Mainz, Armstrong World Industries, and John Richardson, JLC Tech.

This one-hour seminar will focus on understanding the importance of pre-engineering ceiling and lighting integration. It will cover common construction issues caused by uncoordinated ceiling and light conditions. The course introduces and educates participants on the value associated with pre-engineered ceiling and lighting solutions, as well as the health, safety, and wellness contributions of good lighting practices.

Dinner and drink tickets will be provided.

Please register by Wednesday, February 7, 2024

How Tech is Changing Lighting Design Calculations @ DAVIS and Associates
Mar 12 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Please join IES MSP for a “How Tech is Changing Lighting Design Calculations” program on Tuesday, March 12 from 4:30-6:30 pm featuring Dan Glaser, PhD, IES at DAVIS and Associates in Eagan.


Lighting design is a complex profession, whose tools have struggled to keep up with the pace of design. Glaser will briefly review historical methods for calculations and move onto new paradigms for lighting analysis. They will also discuss how core technologies such as the web, cloud computing, BIM, daylight, and artificial intelligence are shaping a new generation of design tools. This presentation will cover how these advances are changing the practice of lighting design.


Learning Objectives: 

● Attendees will be able to detail how cloud computing is changing design workflows

● Attendees will understand how they can leverage cloud storage to compare and access designs more easily

● Attendees will learn how BIM and raytracing are providing more detailed analysis with less work for lighting designers.

● Attendees will be able to see how artificial intelligence can make IES recommendations more accessible.


Featured Speaker: Dan Glaser

Dan Glaser is a lighting design tool builder with a passion for participatory design, lighting science and application, and technology. He is the Principal of LightStanza, the lighting industry’s first cloud-based lighting analysis tool. While a doctoral student in computer science and architecture at Berkeley, Glaser started his research in this area being awarded an IES Alan Lucas Memorial Scholarship. Glaser has since garnered research grants from the US Department of Energy and other sources and has published in leading Building and Computer Science journals including Building and Environment. Glaser has also taught classes at the University of Colorado, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and at leading Lighting and Sustainability industry events. For over a decade, Glaser has been an active member of different IES technical committees. In addition to his work, Glaser is a vegetarian and enjoys riding his fold-up bike between meetings and to and from airports.


Light dinner and beverages will be provided.


Please register by Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Fundamentals of Lighting 2024 @ Viking Electric Supply, Training Room
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm – May 16 @ 8:00 pm


March 14             Introduction to Light and Lighting – Chrysanthi Stockwell

March 21             Electric Light Sources – Charlie Leavitt 

March 28            Daylighting – Greg Lecker

April 4                  Luminaires – Phil Miller

April 11                 Lighting Controls – Todd Reemtsma

April 18                Metrics: Photometry, Calculations and Rendering – Charlie Leavitt

April 25                Codes and Standards, and Practice – Phil Ramsey

May 2                   Lighting for Interiors – Tao Ham

May 9                   Lighting for Exteriors – Greg Lecker

May 16                 Review – Lisa Chaput


Class Schedule: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Registration Details:

Registrations with payment due by Friday, March 1. Inquiries for registration between February 8-21, should be directed to Lisa Chaput at

Class Fees: Series: $450 IES Members        $550 Non-Members        $250 Students   

[IES membership must be held in individual’s name (not company membership) to receive the member rate]

Single Course: $100 IES Members        $125 Non-Members         $50 Students 

[no textbook or course certificate available for single courses]

Location: Viking Electric Supply, Training Room, 451 Industrial Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55413

[Please note that NO food is permitted in the Training Room]


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Healthcare Lighting Trends: Where Dreams Begin & End @ KFI Engeineers or Virtual Option
Apr 9 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Please join IES MSP for a virtual presentation and discussion on healthcare lighting trends featuring Tony Staub, PE, LC with Specialized Engineering Solutions. This event will be offered in-person at KFI Engineers or virtually with Tony Staub presenting remotely. Call it a watch party!

This one-hour session will touch on the latest trends and tech in healthcare lighting such as Circadian, UV-C, color consistency and lighting controls best practices. But with all the latest and greatest available, what is being realized on projects? Are they always a budget buster? Too complicated? Tony will shed light on who typically leads the charge for implementing new tech and initiatives and why, beyond budget, they fail.

Light dinner and beverages provided at KFI Engineers

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. in-person or 5:00 p.m. virtually

Where: Virtual or in-person options

Members – $10 Virtual, $25 In-person
Guests – $25 Virtual, $35 In-person
Students – Free Virtual, $10 In-person

In-person Location: KFI Engineers 670 County B Rd W, Roseville, MN 55113

Featured Speaker: Tony Staub, PE, LC, lighting design lead at Specialized Engineering Solutions and a featured contributor for Consulting-Specifying Engineer

With more than 14 years of experience as an Electrical Engineer, Tony has worked on numerous healthcare projects providing innovative electrical solutions and energy-efficient lighting designs to clients and projects. He is well versed in the various lighting requirements of a hospital and understands the direct lighting needs of a surgery room versus the warm, healing lighting needs of a patient room or family gathering space. Tony regularly participates in seminars and training opportunities allowing him to keep up with modern technologies and codes.

Please register by noon on Friday, April 5, 2024

TopGolf Social @ TopGolf
May 21 @ 4:45 pm – 7:15 pm
2024 Illumination Awards Banquet @ WA Frost
Sep 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm