Co-founder and currently the Vice President of Lighting Research for BIOS Lighting, Neil started his career at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center where he served a number of roles supporting the bioregenerative life support systems research program. With the Kennedy Space Center, 20 years of active research involving several aspects of photobiology, plant physiology, and controlled environment horticulture were applied to human life support for long-duration space missions. This biological approach required a plant-based life support system where agronomic and horticultural crops were used for food production, oxygen generation, CO2 removal, and water purification for the space-based crew. A major focus of this research was directed at evaluating lighting technology, specifically electrical efficiency and spectral effects since power was a major cost driver for the biological life support system. The work on spectral quality research immediately led to using LED solutions to replace inefficient and energy intensive sources for plant lighting (HPS, MH). Many of the peer-reviewed publications generated from the NASA LED lighting research team serve as the foundation for which LED technology is supporting the development in this industry. His experience with the controlled environment plant research side of integrating LED technology puts him in a unique position of both understanding the lighting requirements (spectral and intensity), as well as optimizing the manufacturing and performance requirements for LED product development. Neil currently holds ten patents. He actively supports BIOS’ agency and distribution network with product specific applications, installation optimizations, and horticultural issues associated with the incorporation of LED technology in controlled environment agricultural facilities, including the legal marijuana sector. Neil is the author or co-author of 55 peer-reviewed scientific publications, six technical memoranda, and one book chapter.
BIOS: Biological Innovation & Optimization Systems