Meet Our Ambassadors

2012-2013

 

 

Craig Casey

The Pennsylvania State University
Major: Architectural Engineering (Ph.D)
Hometown: Ephrata, PA

Craig is working hard as a graduate student towards a career as a future lighting design educator. Craig finds lighting fascinating and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm with high school students. He hopes his interactions with the students increase their understanding of the concepts taught in the classroom and they gain a new appreciation for the field of lighting.

 


 

 

Connor Frazier

University of Nebraska
Major: Architectural Engineering
Hometown: Omaha, NE

Connor was immediately attracted to the field of Architectural Lighting upon first exposure to it in college.  He wishes he had been introduced to the subject earlier in his life.  Connor hopes to help students develop an interest in lighting earlier in their own lives and inspire them to take up the field.

 

 

 


 

Kyle Houser

The Pennsylvania State University
Major: Architectural Engineering
Minor: Architectural Studies
Hometown: Broomall, PA

Kyle is passionate about lighting design because it is an art and a science.  It allows for creativity and ingenuity to develop lighting strategies to invoke different emotions and psychological effects on individuals while maintaining light and power level criteria.  He hopes to bring 'light' to high school student's attention and promote different career opportunities available in the lighting industry.

 

 

 


Robert Livorio

The Pennsylvania State University
Major: Architectural Engineering
Hometown: New Kensington, PA

Robert is new to the field of architectural lighting and is interested in the wide breadth of opportunities it offers. He enjoyed learning about daylighting while studying abroad in Rome during the summer.  He hopes to convey to high school students that lighting design and building design are not independent of each other and that successful lighting is never an afterthought.

 

 

 


Nesserine Mansour

Texas A&M
Major: Architecture
Hometown: Tunis, Tunisia

Nesserine is pursuing her M.S. in architecture. Her research targets daylighting strategies and how they can be implemented anywhere in the world with an emphasis on hot climates. Her research also involves a methodology to assess and evaluate the light and daylight distribution in a space. She is very passionate about teaching and excited to share her knowledge with high school students.

 

 

 


Giang Nguyen

University of Nebraska
Major: Architectural Engineering
Home Country: Vietnam

Giang did not have the opportunity to learn about the field of architectural lighting in high school, and it took her one and a half years in college to discover her passion for the field. Giang finds it a pleasure to share her passion with younger students that may have the same passion, and wants to help students find their passion as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

Clifton Orcutt

University of Nebraska
Major: Architectural Engineering
Hometown: North Platte, NE

Clif Orcut was inspired to pursue architectural engineering by a professor's presentation during his high school architecture class. Prior to this presentation Clif did not know architectural engineering exisited. He hopes to inspire students in the same way during his presentations.

 

 

 


Rebecca Slocum

The Pennsylvania State University
Major: Architectural Engineering
Hometown: Ballston Spa, NY

What I find most interesting about architectural lighting is the impact it has on people, including psychological and physiological effects. I enjoy visiting high schools and speaking in classrooms because I  want to inspire more young people to pursue careers in lighting. My hope is that during our visits students come to new realizations about the significant role that architectural lighting plays in their lives.

 

 

 

 

Reinhardt Swart

The Pennsylvania State University
Major: Architectural Engineering
Hometown: Pretoria, South Africa

I enjoy teaching and sharing my knowledge and passion about a topic many people do not think about.  Even if the high-school students do not choose to study lighting design, at least I gave them something to think about; perhaps now they can finally answer their parents when they ask, "What did you learn in school today?"

Architectural lighting may be one of the last things to enter a building but one of first things someone notices when they walk in; by embracing my art, I am able to influence the architecure, atmosphere of the space, and the people who occupy it.

 

 

 

 

Yulia Tyukhova

University of Nebraska
Major: Architectural Engineering
Hometown: Moscow, Russia

Yulia has a B.S. and M.S. in Lighting Engineering with Highest Honors from Moscow Power Engineering Institute.  Currently, she is pursuing her Masters at UNL as a Fulbright Scholar. She is very passionate about lighting – the unique expression of engineering proficiency and creativity at the same time. Her current research is on high dynamic range imaging.

 

 

 

 

Julian (Jialiang) Wang

Texas A&M
Major: Architecture (Ph.D.)
Home Country: China

Julian plans to seek a faculty position upon graduation, and enjoys teaching students about design. He seeks to faciliate the academic community in architectural lighting research. Julian's research and practical experiences in architectural lighting focus on city landscape lighting planning and lighting sustainability.

 

 

 

 

Yuduo Zhao

The Pennsylvania State University
Major: Architectural Engineering
Minors: Architecture Studies, Theater
Home Countries: China and Kenya

Zhao appreciates good design because it can connect people and improve lives. He finds lighting design to be a fascinating and rewarding field that has tremendous potential to impact the world. He would love to show students the diverse careers in the field of lighting, and encourage them to become agents of good design!

 

 

Past Ambassadors

 

 

Caitlin Brow

University of Nebraska
Major: Architectural Engineering
Hometown: Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cailtin enjoys sharing the career opportunities in architectural lighting with high school students because she did not learn about the field of architectural lighting until she was in college. Caitlin finds the blending of technical engineering and architectural form in architectural engineering intriguing because it is not pure engineering or pure art.

Current: Caitlin is working as a lighting designer at HGA in Minneapolis, MN

 

Haley Darst

The Pennsylvania State University
Major: Architectural Engineering
Hometown: Summerfield, North Carolina

Haley finds the field of architectural lighting fascinating and interesting because it is both an art and a science, incorporating both "left-sided" and "right-sided" thinkers. She enjoys showing students that there is a profession that blends creativity and critical thinking.

Currently: Haley is working as a lighting designer for Cannon Design in Boston, MA

 

 

 

 

 

Oscar Diaz

Texas A&M
Major: Environmental Design with Architectural Studies
Hometown: Panama City, Panama

Oscar feels that lighting can sometimes be taken for granted, and that society often forgets how it affects the environment, human health and daily activities. He shares his passion and knowledge with high school students and the community because he wants to increase the number of professionals in the field of architectural lighting.

Currently: Oscar is pursuing his Masters in
Architecture at UC Berkley

 


 

Asher Harder

The Pennsylvania State University
Major: Architectural Engineering
Hometown: Middletown, Pennsylvania

Asher would have personally benefited from learning about architectural lighting in high school, and wants to help students currently in high school learn about this field. He is passionate about teaching at all levels of education and enjoys making a difference in the lives and careers of students.

 

 

 

 


 

Rebecca Mintz

Parsons the New School for Design
Major: Lighting Design (Masters)
Hometown: Wyomissing, Pennsylvania

Rebecca posses a strong passion for architectural lighting design as a career, and found the field of architectural lighting after doing many things she did not enjoy. She loves how lighting is both technical and artistic, and enjoys sharing these aspects of design with high school students and helping them find a career that fulfills them.

Current: Rebecca is working as a lighting designer in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Snodgrass

Parsons the New School for Design
Major: Lighting Design (Masters)
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Sarah realizes that sometimes the things that humans do not truly "see" right away are the most obvious elements in our environment, and are often taken for granted. Sarah enjoys being a pioneer in a profession of unexplored terrain and sharing her experiences and the possibilities in lighting design with young motivated students.

Currently: Focusing on completing her Masters at Parsons

 

 

 

 

Simi (Adrienne) Veit

The Pennsylvania State University
Major: Architectural Engineering
Hometown: Ambler, Pennsylvania

Simi hopes her passion for architectural lighting inspires and interests students in the field of architectural lighting. Simi also enjoys interacting with high school students beyond the classroom setting, and gives tours of the Penn State campus to high school students.

Currently: Simi is working for Horton Lees Brogden in New York City