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Kate Hickcox

Kate Hickcox

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Kate Hickcox joined PNNL as a Lighting Research Scientist in 2020. She is a creative thinker in the field of lighting, with over 15 years of experience in both lighting research and lighting design. No matter which hat she's wearing, her goals are simple - to provide equitable and universal lighting solutions that support humans and the environment. Kate's unique background blends the artistic with the practical, and allows for discovery of unique design solutions and innovative research-based strategies. She has authored or co-authored many technical publications/reports and made several presentations at national conferences. Kate has been a guest critic at Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons/The New School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Architecture Department. She has taught at The New School, Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments and was also the Lighting Fellow for 'Opening the Edge', a project of the Design Trust for Public Space, in partnership with the New York City Housing Authority; proposed by Jane Greengold.

Research Interests

  • Lighting energy efficiency & sustainability
  • Equitable use of lighting
  • Health effects of light and light quality
  • Lighting effects in outdoor nighttime environments

Education and Credentials

  • M.S., Lighting from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • B.F.A., Furniture from Rhode Island School of Design
  • Lighting Certified (LC), NCQLP

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member - Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
  • Member - International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD)
  • Secretary - IES Discomfort Glare in Outdoor Nighttime Environments Committee
  • Treasurer - IES Maine Section

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2019 IALD goes WILD 2019 Featured Project. Electric Garden Recording Studio
  • 2016 Lighting Fellow for the Design Trust for Public Space, Opening the Edge
  • 2011 Shemitz Scholarship Winner, the Lighting Quotient

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas