Current Team Members

Justin Heavey

Justin Heavey has over a decade of experience in higher education supporting a wide range of funded and institutional projects in the fields of research, energy, sustainability, and green building.  […]

Gretchen Schimelpfenig

Gretchen Schimelpfenig is the executive director of the Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium and a senior engineer at Energy Resources Integration (ERI). Gretchen earned a M.S. in Civil […]

Michael Eaton

Michael is a mechanical engineer and energy modeling specialist in the CEA group at Cornell University. Michael holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, […]

Rick Neal

Richard Neal is a staff engineer at LESA where he has designed and developed a number of horticultural systems, including research lighting systems, spectral measurement systems, and data management. Before […]

Elsebeth Kolmos, Ph.D.

Dr. Elsebeth Kolmos is a senior scientist at the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. She joined the LESA […]

Neil Mattson, Ph.D.

Dr. Neil Mattson, is associate professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science having joined Cornell University in 2007. He serves as a statewide greenhouse specialist with research and outreach […]

A. J. Both, Ph.D.

Trained as an engineer with degrees from Wageningen University (1988) in the Netherlands and Cornell University (1995), he now serves on the faculty in the Department of Environmental Sciences at […]

Kale Harbick, Ph.D.

Kale Harbick studied computer science and robotics at the University of Southern California, earning a Ph.D. in 2008. He researched crater detection for Mars landers and autonomous helicopters at NASA-JPL, […]

Timothy Shelford, Ph.D.

Tim Shelford is an Extension Associate at Cornell and is also working with A.J. Both at Rutgers.  Tim graduated from Cornell University with a Ph.D. in 2010 in Biological and […]

Robert Karlicek, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert F. Karlicek, Jr. is the Director of the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an NSF and industry funded center exploring advanced […]