Kurt Nielsen, LC, CLEP, MBA, is Manager of the Lighting Design Lab, a Seattle based commercial and industrial lighting education & demonstration facility funded by major Northwest electric utilities and conservation partners. In his leadership role Kurt is responsible for the Lab’s operations and growth initiatives, which aim to further its mission of promoting the best practices in the use and application of energy-efficient lighting technologies. Previous to joining the Lab in 2013, he spent nearly ten years working for a regional lighting solutions company serving commercial, industrial, multifamily, and institutional businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest. An active participant in the lighting industry, Kurt serves on the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Energy Management Committee, and is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers. Kurt holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.