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Robert Davis

Robert Davis

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Portland Office
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 417-7572


Bob Davis is Chief Lighting Research Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where his responsibilities include serving as Technical Director of the Solid-State Lighting program and leading several human factors research efforts. He has been a faculty member in architecture at RPI’s Lighting Research Center and in engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. His experience includes working in engineering and marketing at a lamp manufacturer and leading the product development and engineering teams at a luminaire manufacturer. He has degrees in Architectural Engineering and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, and is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society. Bob is a recipient of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Presidential Award, the John and Mercedes Peebles Innovation in Education Award, and the New York State Governor’s Award for Energy Excellence. He is Co-Director of the Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy at the University of Colorado, where he has an appointment as an adjoint faculty member in architectural engineering, and he holds a joint appointment as Affiliate Professor in architectural engineering at the Pennsylvania State University.

Research Interests

  • Lighting energy efficiency and sustainability
  • Human factors in lighting and lighting quality
  • New technologies for lighting

Education and Credentials

  • BS and MS in Architectural Engineering, Penn State University
  • PhD in Cognitive Psychology, University of Colorado
  • Fellow, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

PNNL Publications


  • Davis R.G., L.J. McCunn, A. Wilkerson, and S.F. Safranek. 2020. "Nurses' Satisfaction with Patient Room Lighting Conditions: A Study of Nurses in Four Hospitals with Differences in the Environment of Care." Health Environments Research and Design 13, no. 3:110-124. PNNL-SA-145366. doi:10.1177/1937586719890940
  • Safranek S.F., J.M. Collier, A. Wilkerson, and R.G. Davis. 2020. "Energy impact of human health and wellness lighting recommendations for office and classroom applications." Energy and Buildings 226. PNNL-SA-151604. doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2020.110365


  • Beeson T.A., L.J. Sandahl, and R.G. Davis. 2019. SSL R&D Data Mining - Screening for Potential Field Validation Candidates. PNNL-28506. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. SSL R&D Data Mining - Screening for Potential Field Validation Candidates
  • Davis R.G., A. Wilkerson, and B.R. Kinzey. 2019. "Luminaire dirt depreciation (LDD): Field data from several exterior lighting projects." LEUKOS - The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America 15, no. 1:55-63. PNNL-SA-130333. doi:10.1080/15502724.2018.1517598
  • Davis R.G., and S.F. Safranek. 2019. "Lessons in the classroom." LD+A Magazine 49, no. 5. PNNL-SA-141890.
  • Veitch J.A., and R.G. Davis. 2019. "Lighting Research Today: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same." LEUKOS - The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America 15, no. 2-3:77-83. PNNL-SA-141275. doi:10.1080/02604027.2019.1596680




Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas