Megan N Danell (ESR 14)

PhD student at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)

Country of residence
Country of origin
United States
Prof. Marilyne Andersen

Megan’s academic background until this point has been in architectural design. Her time spent at the University of Idaho to receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture focused on the fundamentals of architectural design and explored the theoretical aspect of what architecture means in the built environment. Completing her Master’s of Architecture at the University of Oregon provided opportunities to explore technical and sustainable aspects of design revolving around architectural technology and lighting. During her studies she worked as a graduate employee for Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory (ESBL) and Baker Lighting Lab, being introduced to the world of research.

As a student of LIGHTCAP, Megan is most looking forward to the interdisciplinary and collaborative work amongst the ESR’s in addition to the opportunity to work with other university settings and industry partners. During her time in this doctoral program, she aims to learn skills and establish a network to become a next generation lighting researcher in addition to acquiring knowledge about working in interdisciplinary settings. She anticipates LIGHTCAP will prepare her for a career in working towards bridging the practice of architecture to lighting research.

Spatial and temporal light exposure patterns in the built environment

This project will investigate non-image forming effects of light exposure through daily living within a given environment. Emphasis will be placed on daylight as a means for circadian phase synchronization in a field study using wearable technology.


  • LIGHTCAP kick-off meeting, November 2020 (online)
  • Institute for Health in the Built Environment, University of Oregon (monthly)

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