4/23/2014 9:58:01 AM
Glens Falls Post-Star: Lighting up grad school
Glens Falls Post-Star
Student from Glens Falls working on LED project
Glens Falls native Jack Bulmer’s graduate school project aims to bring good things to LED lights.
Bulmer, of Glens Falls High School’s class of 2009, is now pursuing a doctorate at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. He is the chief technology officer for a team called Goodlight LLC that developed a process to improve the efficiency and reliability of LED lighting.
“We hope this will make them competitive with their traditional incandescent and fluorescent lighting options,” Bulmer said.
The team won the Capital Region portion of the New York Business Plan Competition on April 3 and will compete on Friday for the statewide grand prize.
The Goodlight project was supported with a $50,000 investment by SUNY’s Technology Accelerated Fund. The fund provides seed money for ideas that go beyond pure research but are not ready for the mass market, according to team adviser F. (Shadi) Shahedipour-Sandvik, associate professor of nanoengineering.
The fund has invested more than $1 million since 2011, which has sparked an additional $1.2 million in public and private investment, according to the college.
Large LED lighting wafers have a large number of defects, according to Shahedipour-Sandvik. The team has developed a process to identify defects before the wafers are made into full LED lights — rather than afterward, which wastes a lot of material.