Charles W. Wessner
National Research Council
Dr. Wessner welcomed symposium participants to the National Academies. He described the Academies as an organization that is led and driven by its distinguished members. He thanked panel members for their participation.
He said that the focus of the day was on the “potentially game-changing technology” of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). One objective of the symposium was to define the advantages of this technology for the lighting industry and for the nation and to clarify the challenges faced by the industry in bringing that technology to the lighting market. He then introduced Dr. Bill Spencer, chair of the symposium.