James Brodrick is the manager of the U.S. Department of Energy Lighting program, directing solicitations, portfolio management, strategic planning, and quality performance. Drawing on extensive technical knowledge, Dr. Brodrick has designed a comprehensive DOE national strategy for driving solid-state lighting (SSL) advances. The DOE SSL program encompasses a wide range of active R&D projects that accelerate technology innovation and breakthroughs in efficiency and performance. In addition, technology application R&D projects monitor SSL technology advances and provide field and laboratory evaluations of emerging products, particularly advanced lighting systems and controls. In contrast to a single project focus, technology application R&D projects address broad issues related to technology performance, with a view that spans the entire industry and induces technology improvements faster than might otherwise occur.