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Robert Davis

Robert Davis

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


Bob joined PNNL in 2013 as Senior Staff Lighting Engineer. Before joining PNNL, Bob's career in lighting included experience with a large publicly-owned lamp manufacturer and most recently with an employee-owned luminaire manufacturer, where he led the new product development, engineering, and marketing teams. He has also taught and conducted research in lighting as a faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center and in the Architectural Engineering program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His education in engineering and cognitive psychology provides a foundation for considering both the technical and human impacts of architectural lighting. He is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, a recipient of the New York State Governor’s Award for Energy Excellence, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education.

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


  • 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