Director of Transportation and Safety Lighting Programs, Course Instructor Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
John D. Bullough, Ph.D., FIES manages research in the areas of transportation lighting and safety at the Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he has worked since 1992. He also teaches in the graduate programs in lighting at Rensselaer, in the areas of human factors and research methods. Dr. Bullough's research work deals with roadway, vehicle and aviation lighting, signage and other visual guidance information, and the interactions of these systems with safety-related perception and behavior. Bullough earned his Ph.D. in multidisciplinary science in 2004 and his M.S. in lighting in 1999, both from Rensselaer.
Bullough is as associate editor of Leukos, the journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and he edits Optical Radiation News, published by the Council for Optical Radiation Measurements (CORM), and formerly served as editor of Lighting Futures for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding and of Transport. He has written or co-written more than 450 articles and technical publications in lighting, visual performance, glare, mesopic vision and visual guidance, about 100 of these with student co-authors. Dr. Bullough has served as primary investigator for studies sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), the Fire Protection Research Foundation of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the James McClung Lighting Research Foundation and the Sign Research Foundation.
In addition to his participation on the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education (AACSRE), Dr. Bullough also serves as Chair of the Standing Committee on Visibility of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies, and as Vice-President of CORM. In 2005, he was elected a Fellow of the IES in recognition of his contributions to safety related to lighting, traffic signals and signage. Bullough also serves as a member of the Commission Internationale de l'Éclairage (CIE), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA), the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the American Physical Society (APS).