Kevin Houser
Room 238
Owen Hall
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Civil & Construction Engineering
Professor, Architectural Engineering

Kevin Houser, PhD, PE (NE), FIES, LC, LEED AP, Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1997
B.A.E., Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1993

Research and Interests

In addition to his work at Oregon State, Professor Houser is editor-in-chief of LEUKOS, the journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and co-founder of Lyralux, Inc. He has authored or coauthored more than 125 publications about light and lighting. He’s won the CIBSE Leon Gaster Award, IES Taylor Technical Talent Award three times, IES Presidential Award, and is a Fellow of IES. He was formerly on the Board of Directors for IES, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), and the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education. He is a current board member of Lux Pacifica. He was formerly on the Editorial Advisory Board for Architectural Lighting Magazine and he is one of four editors of the 10th edition IES Lighting Handbook.
His recent research focuses on human perceptual and biological responses to optical radiation and the application of that knowledge to the spectral design of light sources. Related interests include illuminating engineering, photonics, daylighting, visual perception, human health, and sustainability—all in support of high-performance buildings.
Interests also include the effective communication, dissemination, and critical consumption of scientific research. His former students work in government laboratories, universities, and in consulting engineering and lighting design offices throughout the United States. His university teaching includes courses on lighting design, research methods, color science, and light sources.