The Wichita Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers. To keep abreast with our upcoming events follow the calendar below.

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Entertainment Lighting Design @ Petroleum Club of Wichita
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presentation By
Spencer Lyons
Field Project Coordinator
ETC Lighting

Tim McCray
Control Specialist
Mercer Zimmerman

Entertainment Lighting Design

Spencer and Tim will give a brief overview of entertainment lighting design and recommended design practices. Their presentation will cover entertainment related lighting and theatrical lighting.

Spencer Lyons has been with ETC for over 20 years, initially as a Field Service Engineer, and for the last 14 years as a Field Project Coordinator. He jokes that he actually does none of these things, but instead provides technical sales support to specifiers, representatives, dealers, and end users. Spencer has an MFA from Wayne State University. He is an Assistant Lighting Designer for the Madison Opera and a hobbyist triathlete who has completed the Wisconsin Ironman twice.

Tim McCray has been in the lighting industry for over thirty years, both as a lighting agent and a theatrical lighting designer. In addition to working with Mercer Zimmerman, he is also the Artistic and Lighting Director for Theater at Vis, a community theater company based at Visitation Catholic Church. Tim received his Bachelor’s degree in theater and math from Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri). In his free time, Tim loves spending time with all eighteen of his grandchildren at their large family gatherings. His hobbies include running, golf, and wood-working.

Cost: $13.00

2020 National Electric Code Change @ Petroleum Club of Wichita
Nov 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presenter: Scot Emert, Regional Consulting Business Development Manager Siemens Corporation

Scot will cover the major changes to the newly released 2020 NFPA 70, National Electrical Code. Please come join the discussion about how these changes could affect electrical designs for future projects.

Scot has over thirty-five years of comprehensive experience in electrical engineering, design and construction marketing, including high-level design, implementation, technical support, and sales with specialization in medium voltage switchgear, low voltage distribution, and packaged solution technology (E-house) as well as executive management experience. He has been with Siemens since 2004 and has been accountable for consultation and technical direction throughout all aspects of project development and implementation with large clients such as MasterCard, Anheuser-Busch, and Microsoft. He brings a wealth of knowledge spanning all aspects of the electrical industry.

Cost: $13


IES Holiday Party @ The PourHouse
Dec 10 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Wichita Chapter IES Board of Directors would like to invite you to our annual Holiday Party as a thank you for your support throughout the year.  Heavy appetizers will be provided.




A Look at Circadian Metrics, Tunable Lighting, and Data from the Field @ Petroleum Club of Wichita
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presentation By:
Andrea Wilkerson
Senior Lighting Research Engineer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

A Look at Circadian Metrics, Tunable Lighting, and Data from the Field

The enthusiasm for healthier buildings has aligned with advances in LED technology, controls and research exploring the human biological response to light. This alignment has led to a rise in tunable lighting, yet there is still much to learn about the relationship between light and human biology and about the continuing changes in SSL systems. This presentation will review some recent work at PNNL exploring what can be learned from control system data.

Andrea Wilkerson is a Senior Lighting Research Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, focusing on the evaluation of emerging lighting technology, supporting the U.S. Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting program. She earned her doctorate from Penn State and her BS and MAE from the University of Nebraska in the respective architectural engineering programs. Andrea co-chairs the IES Educational Facilities, Libraries and Offices committee, serves on the IALD Education Trust Board of Directors and on the NCQLP Exam committee.

Cost: $13


Wireless Lighting Controls @ Petroleum Club of Wichita
Feb 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presenter:  Brandon Blevins, Mercer Zimmerman

In previous Wichita IES presentations, the discussion of wireless controls has often focused on control system capabilities and functionality. In this presentation, Brandon will focus on design considerations and recommended best practices for various wireless lighting control applications.

Brandon has 14 years of experience in lighting and control systems sales and commissioning.  He supports various lighting control manufacturers such as Wattstopper, Crestron, ETC, Cooper Greengate, Cooper Fifth Lite, Cooper WaveLinx Wireless, and Cooper LumaWatt Pro Wireless.

[CANCELED] Riverfront Stadium Tour @ Riverfront Stadium
Mar 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Due to Coronavirus concerns, the March IES meeting has been cancelled. Our Section leadership is currently evaluating the program schedule for the remainder of the Spring.

Any updates to the currently scheduled April and May events will be shared via e-mail and posted to the IES Wichita website as soon as they are available.


Tour led by:
Steve Vo, PE, Project Electrical Engineer, PEC

Tour the new home of the Wichita Wind Surge!

Our March presenter backed out due to the Coronavirus, so our planned presentation at the Petroleum Club has been cancelled. Instead, please join us for a tour of Wichita’s new baseball park, Riverfront Stadium!

Riverfront Stadium will serve as the home ballpark of the Wichita Wind Surge of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (PCL), who relocated from the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, Louisiana after the 2019 season. Steve Vo, electrical engineer on the project, will lead us on a “backstage tour” of the new facility.


  • Hard hat
  • Reflective Vest
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Hard soled shoes or work boots
(Lunch will NOT be provided)

No need to re-register if you’re already signed up for the March meeting.  If you’ve already paid, you will be refunded via PayPal.  Please allow a few days for the refund to be credited to your account.

[POSTPONED] 51st Annual Golf Tournament @ Hidden Lakes Golf Course
May 8 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
2020 IES Virtual Annual Conference
Aug 24 – Sep 4 all-day

August 24-28, 2020
August 31 – September 4, 2020

2020 IES Virtual Annual ConferenceThe Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference (August 24 – 28, 2020 and August 31 – September 4, 2020) provides a range of educational programming on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and related design disciplines. The 2020 Annual Conference has been moved to a virtual setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, professional education is paramount, with a broad selection of CEU credits available through participation at the conference.

IES’s priority is the health and safety of the lighting community, including our members, staff, supporters, vendors and volunteers. As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to unfold, it became clear that in the face of an unprecedented situation, we needed to make tough choices. While it took longer than expected to reach a resolution, we believe that this was handled with the precision necessary to preserve the well-being of the Society while creating an opportunity for success both in the present and future.

DATES: August 24th – August 28th and August 31st – September 4th
TIMES: Official times to be determined, but there will be two blocks of sessions each day.
* There will be reduced rates for Emerging Professionals (EPs) and Student members, but we encourage you to wait on registering for the conference until we announce the benefits of the EP Program for this year.

The virtual Annual Conference will have sessions that will be held August 24th – August 28th and August 31st – September 4th. By providing a schedule that offers content across these two weeks, registrants will be able to attend all sessions and not have to choose between different tracks.

Despite the disruption we are facing, the IES is excited to bring you the opportunity to participate in the Annual Conference without having to leave your workspace. We will leverage our technology to disseminate valuable, relevant and timely content. We hope that you find this virtual Annual Conference insightful, beneficial, and of the quality that you have come to expect from the IES.

There will be no virtual tabletop sessions this year. We will resume tabletops when we return to an in-person annual conference.

More information, such as agenda, speakers, and more will be made available shortly.

Please note, if you previously registered for the 2020 Annual Conference, your payment has been refunded. Those that have booked their rooms at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, the hotel will cancel your room reservation on your behalf.

Webinar: IoT Connected Lighting: A Design Guide
Oct 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Webinar: IoT Connected Lighting: A Design Guide

IoT Connected lighting systems provide challenges as well as opportunities for the Design Team and Owner. The IES IoT Connected Lighting Committee is in the final stages of developing a Lighting Practice publication to assist with planning. Lighting has the ability to take on a key role in developing a connected space. This session will review opportunities for connected light in typical project environments; discuss the lighting designer’s enhanced role as well as providing a knowledge base on technology options and features. Additionally, we will uncover steps to take in the planning process, discuss potential pitfalls and include a case study on a realized project.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze goals and objectives for the use of connected light systems and develop a Sequence of Operations for the Owner.
  2. Explore required components for a connected light system and how to integrate them with the design team.
  3. Investigate strategies for teamwork on connected light projects.
  4. Identify key players and roles in an IoT connected project.


  • Jered Widmer, IALD (The Lighting Practice)
  • Paula Ziegenbein, LC, Assoc IALD (Hartranft Lighting Design)
  • Ardra Zinkon, CLD, IALD (Tec Studio)

Registration Link:

Host: District 8 Chair Kristin Mallardi will be moderating this month’s call.

Webinar: Roadway Lighting and Health
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Webinar: Roadway Lighting and Health

LEDs have revolutionized roadway lighting. Their benefits include energy efficiency, increased visibility, and integration with smart city technologies. However, LEDs are associated with some adverse effects on health, ecology, and the environment. In order to develop specifications for LED roadway lighting it is extremely important to consider its effects on health, safety, and the environment. A balance needs to be achieved when utilizing LED roadway lighting, to maximize the positive impacts and minimize the negative impacts. The research presented in this talk will aim to address the issues affecting this balance.

Dr. Rajaram Bhagavathula
Senior Research Associate
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Cost: FREE
When: December 9th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Where: Virtual Webinar

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