In February, ETC expanded its research efforts, creating the Advance Research Group (ARG) to uncover new technologies and boost current product capabilities. ETC has hired Wendy Luedtke to join the ARG as a product technology specialist. She will work closely with lighting professionals to identify their most important issues, helping the ARG develop technology that tackles their problems and opens new possibilities.
"The ARG facilitates innovation, allowing new ideas to be explored in every area of R&D," describes ETC CEO Fred Foster. "With Wendy coming on board, we can be certain that we're developing the right tools for lighting designers to use in the real world."
One of the first projects the ARG has been working on involves LED color control. Last year's award-winning
v2.3 software upgrade is just the beginning of an initiative to revolutionize color control in ETC consoles. Luedtke will be reaching out to designers, and applying their input - along with her own knowledge and experience in the field - to the project.
Luedtke joins ETC after six years with Rosco Laboratories, Inc., where she was the product manager for color and lighting. She is currently an adjunct instructor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama, the chair of the Color Committee for the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and a member of the ESTA-TSP Photometrics Working Group and United Scenic Artists Local 829. She holds a BFA in Technical Production from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience designing lighting for theater, live entertainment, corporate events, and architectural projects.
"The opportunity to advocate for designers, programmers and other lighting professionals, and to participate in this level of research is both an honor and a responsibility I do not take lightly," says Luedtke. "I am thrilled to join this team and get to work improving the quality of light."