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Jessica Kelly

Jessica Kelly

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Jessica is an associate lighting research engineer on the Lighting Science Research team at PNNL supported by the Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting program. Prior to joining in 2019, Jessica worked as a lighting designer in New York while completing her graduate degree. Her current research interests include light and human health interactions, emerging solid-state lighting technologies and metrics, and ways to translate research findings into practice. In 2019, she received the Richard Kelly Grant for her masters thesis "Perception of Metrics: The Intersection of Color Characteristics and Quality" and was awarded "Overall Winner" and "Best Newcomer" for this work at the Professional Lighting Design Convention (PLDC). Jessica has a BArch (architecture) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MFA in Lighting Design from Parsons School of Design, The New School.

Research Interests

  • Light and human health interactions
  • Emerging SSL lighting metrics and applications
  • Digital simulation and analysis tools

Education and Credentials

  • MFA, Lighting Design, Parsons, The New School
  • B.Arch, Civil Engineering minor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Lighting Certified (LC)

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • IES Emerging Professional

Awards and Recognitions

  • "Best Newcomer" Professional Lighting Design Convention (PLDC), 2019
  • "Overall Winner" The Challenge student speaking competition, PLDC, 2019
  • Richard Kelly Grant, IES, 2019
  • IESNYC Thesis Prize, 2018

PNNL Publications



  • Collier J.M., B.K. Abboushi, and R.G. Davis. 2020. "Evolving theories of change: Rethinking of the effects of office lighting on occupants." In Proceedings of the 2020 Illuminating Engineering Society Annual Conference, August 24-28; August 31- September 4, 2020, Virtual. New York, New York:Illuminating Engineering Society. PNNL-SA-152957.
  • 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

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