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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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