Jan. 18, 2007, Dr. Dowling

LEDs: From Indicators to General Illumination

It seems LEDs are everywhere these days, generating as much hype as they do light. There is no doubt that LEDs are a quickly improving semiconductor-based technology that is being used in an increasing number of applications. Today LEDs offer a cost-effective, energy-efficient, low-maintenance method of generating light and providing effects with sophisticated control. Color Kinetics is the pioneer in integrated, LED-based lighting systems for wide-ranging applications and offers a ringside seat into this active and growing industry. The talk will cover LED technology, features, products, and the many applications of LEDs to lighting.

Dr. Dowling

As Vice President of Innovation, Dr. Dowling oversees many programs and initiatives designed to keep Color Kinetics at the forefront of LED lighting. He joined the company in early 1999 as Director of Engineering, and continues to be integral to the research and development fueling many of Color Kinetics. successful products, technologies and market applications. He is an inventor and co-inventor on numerous Color Kinetics patents, and also leads the company.s government programs.

Beyond his work at Color Kinetics, Dr. Dowling actively engages with many industry organizations to advance adoption of LED lighting, including the creation of much-needed industry standards. He currently serves as Chairman of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Solid-State Lighting Section, and as Chairman of the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance (NGLIA). He was instrumental in the formation of the Solid-State sub-committee within the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Testing Procedures Committee (TPC). Dr. Dowling is also active within the education community, teaching lighting at the New England Institute of Art and lecturing at many lighting and design programs. He is a well-known industry advocate with numerous published articles and speaking engagements to his credit. Prior to Color Kinetics, Dr. Dowling was Chief Robotics Engineer for PRI Automation, the leader in advanced factory automation systems and software for the semiconductor industry. He has over 15 years of experience in advanced robotics engineering at the Field Robotics Center of Carnegie Mellon University, where, as a scientist, he led a number of projects including a Lunar Rover demo, robots for Space Shuttle Inspection and Shuttle ground operations at NASA.s Kennedy Space Center, and the Mars Rover Project. Dr. Dowling has also consulted for many companies, including Shell Oil and Apple Computer, and was a founding principal of a medical robotics company.

Dr. Dowling received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and masters and Ph.D. degrees in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.


DINNER reservations are required by noon, January 15, 2007, the Monday of the meeting. MEETING ONLY reservations are required by noon, January 18, 2007, the day of the meeting. 

Please make reservations on line . Reservations may also be left on the answering machine at 617.584.0266. We no longer have an email address for reservations due to SPAM. When making reservation requests, please provide the following information: 

  • DINNER AND MEETING or meeting only
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Networking—5:45 PM, Dinner—6:30, Meeting—7:30 PM.


Dinner will include ---- and coffee, tea, or milk.

Vegetarian option available on request 

Dinner Prices:

Members and their guests$25.00 each
Non-members$30.00 (See NOTE Below)

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Regular members$15.00
Student membersfree

NOTE: The extra $5.00 of the non-member dinner fee can be used toward membership dues if the nonmember joins and pays dues for the current year at the meeting.