The Atlanta 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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IEEE-IAS Atlanta & IES Atlanta Sections Co-Sponsored Golf Tournament @ The Heritage Golf Links
Sep 17 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
IEEE-IAS Atlanta & IES Atlanta Sections Co-Sponsored Golf Tournament @ The Heritage Golf Links

When: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 9:30AM Shotgun Start
Where: The Heritage Golf Links 4445 Britt Rd. Tucker, GA 770-493-4653
Cost: $125.00 per person Limited to 120 golfers
Includes, green fees, cart, range balls, lunch and gift bag.

Registration will be from 8:00 to 9:00.
Free range balls to warm up.

There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as Skills Challenges for Longest Drive, and Closest to the Pin. There will also be mulligans for sale that add to your chances of winning a raffle prize.

We also welcome any donations of door prizes, raffle prizes or items for the gift bags.
It is acceptable for these items to have manufacturer names on the donated items.

Please fill out registration form and RSVP by Sept. 10, 2019
Send email to with registration form if you would like to be sent back an invoice and pay on-line with a credit card.

There are also sponsorships available:

  • Co-Sponsor the Sit Down BBQ Lunch After Play($300; max 3 sponsors)
    Special Acknowledgement at the start of play, before prize giveaway, on Large Sponsorship Sign and on website.
  • Sponsor a Skills Challenge ($250 each)-Sign Placed at Tee Box
    Special Acknowledgement at prize giveaway, on Large Sponsorship Sign and on website.
    This sponsorship amount can be reduced if a suitable prize is donated for the challenge award.
  • Sponsor a Hole ($200 each)-Sign Placed at Tee Box
    Special Acknowledgement at prize giveaway, on Large Sponsorship Sign and on website.

GOLD Level Tournament Sponsorship ($600 each) includes a hole sponsorship and (4) reserved paid spots for golfers.

IES Street and Area Lighting Conference @ Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
Sep 22 – Sep 25 all-day
IES Street and Area Lighting Conference @ Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina


The IES Street & Area Lighting Conference is the only conference of its kind dedicated to improving the outdoor lighting business of electric utilities and energy service companies. We continue to provide an open forum for end -users facing the same questions regarding relevant products for specific application, lighting controls, benchmarks from other users in the lighting community, and milestones reached by municipalities, utilities and DOT’s. We strive to maintain a small community feel, creating a great opportunity to network with industry peers through seminars with speaker Q+A, breakout sessions to discuss issues in-depth, an exhibit hall and many networking events with speakers and peers in a comfortable and open atmosphere.

We encourage you to make your IES Street and Area Lighting Conference 2019 hotel and air travel reservations as early as possible in order to take advantage of competitive fares. Room Block closes August 29, 2019.


Our attendee base, over 900 and growing, includes managers, technical and marketing specialists, lighting consultants and engineers from electric utilities, municipalities, cooperatives, energy service companies and manufacturers. These outdoor lighting professionals come from across the country and the industry. All are vitally interested in learning about products and services and include decision-makers from investor-owned regulated electric utilities, unregulated marketing affiliates, cooperatives, municipal utilities and independent contractors and consultants.

Wireless Is More 2.0 @ ASHRAE
Oct 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

IES Atlanta invites you to join us Tuesday, October 8th for Wireless is More 2.0. A seminar discussing how wireless technology is gaining popularity in building controls with Mark Lane, who is the Product Manager for nLight Air with Acuity Brands. 

This presentation is registered with AIA or IDCEC for CEU(s). Certificates will be provided, upon request, after the event. 

Networking starts at 5:30PM followed by the discussion from 6-7PM.  A light dinner & refreshments will be provided.  Cost for the event is $20 for IES Members or $25 for non-Members.  


Wireless technology is gaining popularity in building controls. In the backdrop of changing design trends and tightening building codes, it is important to:

  • understand the fundamentals of wireless technology
  • explore the potential risks of promoting wireless
  • reconcile the reward of wireless control benefits.

In this course you will learn the important qualifiers of a robust wireless controls solution that will ensure a successful installation.​


Mark Lane is a graduate of Penn State with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He started his career at GE in one of their Leadership Programs and has held positions in operations, applications engineering, product management and program management at various electro-mechanical companies over the years. Prior to joining Acuity Brands, Mark was Program and Product Develop Manager at Ametek’s Thermal Management Systems Division. He has currently worked at Acuity Brands for 4 years and held a variety of Product Management roles including: Commercial Outdoor, ROAM in Outdoor Controls, and nLight AIR in Controls/Digital Lighting Networks (Current).

Atlanta Airport Canopy Lighting & Controls @ Hudson Grille Midtown
Nov 12 @ 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm

IES Atlanta invites you to join us on Tuesday, November 12th for a presentation and demonstration discussing the Atlanta Airport Canopy Lighting & Controls with Tom Kaczkowski, Principal and Director of Lighting Design at HOK.

A light dinner & refreshments will be provided. A cash bar will also be available. The cost for the event is $20 for IES Members or $25 for non-Members.  

  • 5:30 to 6 PM Networking
  • 6 to 7 PM Presentation and Q&A
  • 7 PM for those wishing to see the project live we will travel as a group to the MARTA Station around the corner, take the train down to the airport and experience the canopies firsthand! *MARTA tickets are not covered by the IES. 

Presenter Bio:
As Director of Lighting Design, Tom strives to create lighting solutions carefully tailored to provide the most appropriate visual environment for the client’s specific tasks, activities, and budget. Integrated interior and exterior lighting design solutions balance the art and science of ever-changing lighting technology. Tom’s lighting design solutions are architecturally appropriate while maximizing energy efficiency and sensitivity to long-term maintenance issues.

Tom joined HOK in 1987 and has been involved in a wide variety of project types including corporate headquarters, healthcare facilities, judicial facilities, renovation, aviation, convention centers, floodlighting of historic landmarks and streetscape (district) lighting planning/urban plaza lighting.

IES Atlanta Annual Holiday Bowling Event @ Comet Pub & Lanes
Dec 10 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

IES Atlanta invites you to join us on Tuesday, December 10th for our annual Holiday Bowling Event!

Pizza, Salad & Refreshments will be provided. We have a few corporate sponsors covering the cost of the event so bring a lighting professional and enjoy the fun.

5:30 to 6 PM Networking
6 to 8 for food and bowling
8-8:30 Holiday Wishes

Exit and Emergency Lighting for Today’s Commercial Environments @ ASHRAE
Jan 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

IES Atlanta invites you to join us Tuesday, January 21st for Exit and Emergency Lighting for today’s Commercial Environments seminar discussing how code and technology are driving new product development and how they are used within the commercial market, with Jason Hong, who is the Southern Regional Sales Manager / Architectural Products for Eaton.

This presentation is under review with AIA for CEU(s). Certificates will be provided, upon request, after the certification.

Networking starts at 5:30PM followed by the discussion from 6-7PM. A light dinner & refreshments will be provided. Cost for the event is $20 for IES Members or $25 for non-Members.

Exit and Emergency Lighting for Today’s Commercial Environments

A discussion on how technology and code has changed the product development and how new products are utilized in our current and future projects.


Jason Hong, Southern Regional Sales Manager / Architectural Products, Eaton

Lighting Design for Behavioral Health Environments @ ASHRAE
Feb 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join us as we welcome Lauren Schwade a Senior Lighting Designer at Mazzetti that specializes in Healthcare Lighting. She will be presenting “Lighting Design for Behavioral Health Environments”. It is an AIA Health Safety and Welfare accredited class. AIA number is MZT049.

In this presentation, we will address Behavioral Health design strategies, review case studies and current research and learn how to adapt our lessons learned to provide friendlier environments for residents, staff and families.

This will be an exciting topic that will generate a great discussion following the presentation

[CANCELED] Defining and Calculating Glare for Interior Spaces @ ASHRAE
Mar 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this event has been canceled. Our priority is not only the education of lighting professionals but to the health and well being of all our associates.


There is a $20 fee for IES Members and $25 for non-members. Networking will begin at 5:30 with the program beginning at 6.

The presentation will be by Janet Cecchettini. Janet is a 35+ year lighting professional with 16 years committed to bringing the wonder of lighting to all willing to learn the finer points of our industry. Janet is an LC and a longtime member of the IES.

Janet will be presenting:

Defining and Calculating Glare for Interior Spaces

Course description and learning objectives below:

This course addresses the evolution interior lighting trends in the context of the modern workplace. Since the advent of the LED age, our design considerations shifted to energy efficiency, lumens per watt ruled the design. As LED efficacies have improved, and energy codes have advanced meeting those requirements is a given. It’s time to refocus our design intent to the visual comfort of the occupants.

After completing this course you will understand how controlling glare, selecting the best type of fixture for the space, and taking new design standards into consideration are key to creating a comfortable workspace.

  1. Identify the trends in interior lighting, from parabolic troffer to led panel
  2. Recognize the design challenges inherent in the ever-evolving modern workspace
  3. Recognize the facts over fiction in marketing claims being made today about UGR (Unified Glare Rating)
  4. Apply the principles of the UGR standard to design visually comfortable workspaces

Presenter – Janet Cecchettini LC, MIES

Senior Manager of Lighting and Lighting Controls Education at Acuity Brands Center for Light & Space in Conyers, GA

2020 IES Annual Conference @ Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Aug 6 – Aug 8 all-day

2020 IES Annual ConferenceThe Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference August 6-8, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana provides a range of educational programming—including workshops, seminars, immersive experiences, tours, networking, and paper and poster presentations—on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and related design disciplines. As always, professional education is paramount, with a broad selection of CEU credits available through participation at the conference.

The 2020 Annual Conference will endeavor to bring experiences, education, networking and inspiration together to foster personal and career growth.

Why Attend the AC?

The conference begins Thursday evening August 6 — Opening Night — with the Illumination Awards Gala, followed by two exciting days of accredited educational programs, networking, skill sharpening, product demonstrations as well as time to relax, enjoy the camaraderie of your peers, catch up with old friends and meet new people.


The theme for the 2020 IES Annual Conference is Hindsight / Insight / Foresight. This expansive theme explores our relationship to light, both historically and looking toward the future. The objective of the conference is to provide educational sessions and experiences relevant to the audience of lighting professionals, academics, and other related design disciplines. This year’s theme is intended to spark the conversation about how light is used, how light affects the user, and how we see that relationship evolving as we move forward. In addition to speaker presentations, the Conference program will also consist of technical papers and posters on a wide range of lighting-related topics.