Events Calendar

The Memphis 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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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 | San Diego | California | United States


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.

Biographies in Light . . .Before Edison @ Jason's Deli
Oct 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

A fairly well-known scientist once said “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” With that sentiment in mind please join us on a journey back in time to better understand how we reached what we now think of as the modern age of lighting represented by the discovery of the incandescent lamp.

Some individuals highlighted may be familiar figures to you in the world of lighting while others may be known to you from other fields of study but are not generally credited for their advancements to light. Still others may be completely unknown to most everyone, having been lost to history . . . that is “until now.”

Our meeting will be at Jason’s Deli on 3473 Poplar Ave on October 15, 2019 11:30am to 1pm

Please order FOOD ONLY at the restaurant counter (NO drinks they are complimentary)and tell them you are attending the IES Presentation in the Conference Room. You will not be charged and your food will be delivered to you in the Conference Room.

Please pay the IES Treasurer $20 (Cash or Check payable to “IES Mid-South Chapter”)

Boooze and Brews @ Wiseacre Brewing Co.
Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

CSI Memphis is hosting a family-friendly networking event on Saturday, October 19 from 1 to 4 PM at Wiseacre Brewery. This event is free to attend and we encourage attendees to bring their families. We’ll have games for the kids and football on the TVs for the adults. Food trucks will be on site if you get hungry. More details will be released shortly, so stay tuned!

Boooze and Brews

Lighting Seminar with David Ghatan @ The Bluff
Nov 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

David joined C.M. Kling & Associates in 1999. He is a graduate of The George Washington University with an interdisciplinary degree in Design with an emphasis in Fine Art, Art History, and Theatre Design.

With C.M. Kling he has worked as a project designer and project manager for a wide range of projects, including the new Eau Spa at the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach, the Marriott World Center Orlando, the American Red Cross National Headquarters, the Corpus Christi Bayfront Arena and Convention Center, and the Starlight Ballroom at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. He has worked as the primary lighting consultant to several LEED-certified projects including the Virginia Department of Transportation Headquarters and a government office building Dulles Discovery II.

His work for the Liberty Hotel in Boston, MA and the BBG-BBGM Office in the Empire State Building were both recognized by the Illuminating Engineer Society with the Guth Award for Interior Lighting in International judging.

Mr. Ghatan currently serves on the IALD Board of Directors and is the co-Regional Coordinator for the IALD in Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the IES Hospitality Committee.

Mr. Ghatan also works as a designer for the theatre, with extensive work in scenery and lighting design. He is a company member with Rorschach Theatre, where his work has been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.

Tour of WMC-TV Studio @ WMC-TV
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us at WMC TV Studio for a tour!

The studio recently upgraded its systems including their lighting. The tour will discuss the lighting challenges during the transition from discharge and incandescent to LED.

After the tour, join us at Last Burger on Earth

Please join us at 5 PM at
1960 Union Ave,
Memphis, TN 38104

After the tour, we will walk around behind the block to
2021 Madison Ave
Memphis, TN 38104

IES will be buying the first round and a few apps!

Hope to see everyone there!!

What’s new for IES and IES Member benefits?! @ IAC Bartlett
Jan 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Please join us this month to hear Billy Tubb, our Regional Director, discuss our organization and its future. He will be happy to answer questions at the end.

Billy Tubb is a Theatre Consultant, Lighting Designer and Special Systems Designer with more than 30 years of experience, his projects have received numerous awards. Since 1999 he has been the Technical Director of Popejoy Hall and at the University of New Mexico where he has worked on over 6500+ live events such as Lion King, Wicked, Elton John and the Rolling Stones in concert. He is also a Theatrical Lighting Designer, receiving the NM Governor’s Award for Excellence in The Arts for his work. Billy served as Chair and Vice Chair of IES District 4 as was the President of the IES New Mexico chapter from 2009 to 2016. Billy holds a BFA degree in Technical Theatre and Design from the University of New Mexico.

Lunch will be provided
Please pay the IES Treasurer $20 (cash or check payable to “IES Mid-South Chapter”) or use the PayPal/Tickets link above.

MATHCOUNTS @ Southwest Tennessee Community College (Macon Cove Campus)
Feb 1 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sponsoring Organization: Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers Memphis Chapter

Contact: Chris Nielsen 901-309-0115 office, 901-487-2086 cell, email

The Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) sponsors both regional and state competitions every year for the nationwide MATHCOUNTS program ( MATHCOUNTS is a national competition for students in 6th through 8th grade. Regional and state competitions are held in February and March, along with a final national competition in May. MATHCOUNTS offers exciting programs for students who not only love math but fear math as well. The programs are designed to engage students of all ability levels in fun and challenging ways that are sometimes not possible within the structure of a math classroom.

Volunteers are needed to help with MATHCOUNTS

Contact Chris if interested.

Building Automation Systems @ Jason's Deli
Feb 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Total Room Automation (TRA) represents a new room control concept covering secondary HVAC, Lighting and Shading control. This presentation will explore the various components that make up TRA and how it can result in significant installed cost and energy savings for the customer and improved occupant comfort.
This course is AIA/CES approved 1.0 LU which is 1.0 hour of General Learning Unit or 1 PDH for Tennessee.

Please order FOOD ONLY at the restaurant counter (NO drinks they are complimentary)and tell them you are attending the IES Presentation in the Conference Room. You will not be charged and your food will be delivered to you in the Conference Room.

Please pay the IES Treasurer $20 (Cash or Check payable to “IES Mid-South Chapter”) or use the PayPal link below.

Casper Briggs, PE is a sales engineer with Siemens Smart Infrastructure. With over 15 years of experience in design and consulting he specializes in providing building automation, fire safety and security, HVAC control and energy solutions through innovative building technology. Casper earned a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering from Christian Brothers University and is a licensed professional mechanical PE and fire protection engineer FPE. Casper currently serves as the ASHRAE regional board Vice-Chair and past Memphis chapter president.

[CANCELED] Show Me the Data: Who Is Responsible for Connected Lighting Energy Data Accuracy? @ IAC Bartlett
Mar 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Due to Coronavirus concerns, the March IES meeting has been cancelled. Our Section leadership is currently evaluating the program schedule for the remainder of the Spring.


Join us to watch IES March Featured Webinar

There is growing interest in sharing energy data from data-producing devices, but the value of that data is often dependent on the level of accuracy needed for a specific use case. Manufacturers of data-producing devices, as well as end-users with particularly stringent needs, may need to validate or characterize the reporting accuracy of these devices. This webinar will provide guidance for the calibration of energy-measuring devices, including a specification template and an overview of the few laboratories that are accredited to perform such calibrations in the U.S.

Michael Poplawski is a senior engineer at PNNL, where he supports the U.S. Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting program, primarily in the areas of connected lighting system technology evaluation and demonstration, standards and specification development, and the estimation of lighting energy end-use consumption.

Jason Tuenge is a lighting engineer at PNNL, where much of his work supports the U.S. Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting program. In recent years, as part of PNNL’s Advanced Lighting team, Jason’s work has focused on collaborating with industry to identify and address the technology development needs of connected lighting systems.

Lunch will be provided
Please pay the IES Treasurer $20 (cash or check payable to “IES Mid-South Chapter”) or use the PayPal link above.

2020 IES Virtual Annual Conference
Aug 24 – Sep 4 all-day

August 24-28, 2020
August 31 – September 4, 2020

2020 IES Virtual Annual ConferenceThe Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference (August 24 – 28, 2020 and August 31 – September 4, 2020) provides a range of educational programming on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and related design disciplines. The 2020 Annual Conference has been moved to a virtual setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, professional education is paramount, with a broad selection of CEU credits available through participation at the conference.

IES’s priority is the health and safety of the lighting community, including our members, staff, supporters, vendors and volunteers. As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to unfold, it became clear that in the face of an unprecedented situation, we needed to make tough choices. While it took longer than expected to reach a resolution, we believe that this was handled with the precision necessary to preserve the well-being of the Society while creating an opportunity for success both in the present and future.

DATES: August 24th – August 28th and August 31st – September 4th
TIMES: Official times to be determined, but there will be two blocks of sessions each day.
* There will be reduced rates for Emerging Professionals (EPs) and Student members, but we encourage you to wait on registering for the conference until we announce the benefits of the EP Program for this year.

The virtual Annual Conference will have sessions that will be held August 24th – August 28th and August 31st – September 4th. By providing a schedule that offers content across these two weeks, registrants will be able to attend all sessions and not have to choose between different tracks.

Despite the disruption we are facing, the IES is excited to bring you the opportunity to participate in the Annual Conference without having to leave your workspace. We will leverage our technology to disseminate valuable, relevant and timely content. We hope that you find this virtual Annual Conference insightful, beneficial, and of the quality that you have come to expect from the IES.

There will be no virtual tabletop sessions this year. We will resume tabletops when we return to an in-person annual conference.

More information, such as agenda, speakers, and more will be made available shortly.

Please note, if you previously registered for the 2020 Annual Conference, your payment has been refunded. Those that have booked their rooms at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, the hotel will cancel your room reservation on your behalf.