AAOSA Seminar: “Arborlight: from Concept to Market” – Tuesday, October 28th @ 7pm

ArborLightAAOSA Monthly Seminar Series:
Efficient Daylight Emulation System
The story from concept to market
by Prof. Max Shtein, Mike Forbis and Rob Ellis

Date: Oct. 28th at 7pm 

Location: 1123 Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building (LBME) – University of Michigan, 1101 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, MI

Join us at 6:30pm in the LBME atrium for networking and refreshments!

LEDs are changing the way we light the world, but daylight remains our preferred illumination source. Daylight elevates our mood, improves our productivity, and is an important cue for our biological rhythms. Access to daylight creates highly desirable spaces in buildings where many of us spend our days. What if we could create interior lighting that was indistinguishable from daylight by using efficient, computer-controlled, optically mixed LED sources? In this talk, we’ll discuss Arborlight’s development of a dynamic daylight emulation system, from concept to market, and how we provide the benefits of daylight in any space.
Max Shtein earned his degrees in Chemical Engineering (B.S. – UC Berkeley (1998), Ph.D. – Princeton University (2004)) with an emphasis in Physics and semiconductors. He joined the University of Michigan in 2004, where he now serves as Associate Professor of MSE, ChE, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Art & Design. His awards include: MSE Department Achievement Award, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), College-wide Vulcans Prize for Excellence in Education, Holt Award for Excellence in Teaching, Newport Award for Excellence and Leadership in Photonics and Optoelectronics, Materials Research Society (MRS) graduate student Gold Medal Award. Together with P.C. Ku, J. Mapel, and M. Forbis, he co-founded Arborlight (a lighting technology company); with E. Shteyn he co-authored “Scalable Innovation:  A Guide for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and IP Professionals.” (Taylor & Francis, ISBN-13: 978-1466590977, ISBN-10: 1466590971).
Mike Forbis brings organizational and technical leadership to Arborlight along with real estate based market insights. He has a background in real estate development, aerospace engineering, business consulting and earned an MBA from Boston University, MSME from Georgia Tech, Aero/Astro Engineering from Stanford University, and a BSME from the University of Michigan; he is also a LEED AP and Six Sigma Black Belt.
Rob Ellis is Arborlight’s Director of Product Development, joining the company after 10 years of optical research and opto-electro-mechanical system integration at Sandia National Laboratories. His previous projects include novel photodetector development, tailored optical materials, and diffractive optics for quantum information science. Mr. Ellis received BS degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.