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Michael Poplawski

Michael Poplawski

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Portland Office
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 417-7561


Michael joined PNNL in 2009 as a Senior Engineer following twelve years in the commercial semiconductor industry. His work experience includes stints with Motorola, ON Semiconductor, and a CMOS image sensor start-up, and in various functions including device engineering and reliability, circuit design, application support, and technical marketing. His current efforts are focused on supporting the Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting program, primarily in the areas of Connected Lighting System technology evaluation and demonstration, standards and specification development, and the estimation of lighting energy end-use consumption. Michael is a member of IES, IEEE, and ASHRAE; serves on multiple standards development committees; and consults with numerous energy efficiency organizations, specification bodies, and early adopters.

Research Interests

  • Intelligent, networked solid-state lighting systems and sensors
  • Networked system interoperability
  • Integrated building systems and transactive energy management
  • Smart city technologies and infrastructure development
  • Electrical energy metering and management

Education and Credentials

  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Solid State Devices, University of Michigan
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan

PNNL Publications






  • Poplawski ME, and NJ Miller. 2011. "Exploring Flicker in Solid State Lighting: What you Might Find, and How to Deal With It." In Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Annual Conference, October 31-November 1, 2011, Austin, Texas, pp. 52-56.  Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), New York, NY. 
  • Lehman B, A Wilkins, S Berman, ME Poplawski, and NJ Miller. 2011. "Proposing Measures of Flicker in the Low Frequencies for Lighting Applications." LEUKOS - The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America 7(3):189-195. 

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas