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The Team


Daniel Glaser, PhD, Principal

Daniel Glaser is the Founder and Principal of LightStanza. Dr. Glaser leads its R+D efforts, recognized by Innovation Research Grants awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Glaser is a frequent speaker at major industry venues including Greenbuild, LightFair International and the DOE Radiance Workshop on daylight metrics, web-based simulation tools, and daylight technologies.

Dr. Glaser is an active member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Daylight Metrics Committee, and has published extensively in several top-tier computer, building science and human-centered technology venues. Glaser received a BS in Computer Science from Columbia University, MEng Computer Science from Cornell, and MS Arch and Interdisciplinary PhD from UC Berkeley. Prior to founding LightStanza, Glaser was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Glaser is an ethically motivated vegetarian, and doesn't own a car because he has to save all his money to support his summer watermelon habit. He enjoys riding his fold-up bike between meetings and to and from airports.

Daniel Glaser, PhD, Principal

Daniel Glaser is the Founder and Principal of LightStanza. Dr. Glaser leads its R+D efforts, recognized by Innovation Research Grants awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Glaser is a frequent speaker at major industry venues including Greenbuild, LightFair International and the DOE Radiance Workshop on daylight metrics, web-based simulation tools, and daylight technologies.

Dr. Glaser is an active member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Daylight Metrics Committee, and has published extensively in several top-tier computer, building science and human-centered technology venues. Glaser received a BS in Computer Science from Columbia University, MEng Computer Science from Cornell, and MS Arch and Interdisciplinary PhD from UC Berkeley. Prior to founding LightStanza, Glaser was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Glaser is an ethically motivated vegetarian, and doesn't own a car because he has to save all his money to support his summer watermelon habit. He enjoys riding his fold-up bike between meetings and to and from airports.


Evelyn Ibarra, Business Development Manager

Evelyn assists in developing Light Foundry's overall business strategy, including client communication, contracts, marketing, and intellectual property. She received a dual Master's in Architecture and City Planning from University of California Berkeley and is a licensed architect with over 15 years of experience in the construction industry. She also received a MSc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and has worked as field economist for the U.S. Department of Labor. She founded a small firm with the goal of environmentally-conscious architecture and designed Ashesi University, a private college in Ghana, Africa, among other projects in New York, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Evelyn settled in California so that she can swim in the ocean everyday, and spends her free time in the garden with her husband and daughter.

Evelyn Ibarra, Business Development Manager

Evelyn assists in developing Light Foundry's overall business strategy, including client communication, contracts, and marketing. She received a dual Master's in Architecture and City Planning from University of California Berkeley and is a licensed architect with over 15 years of experience in the construction industry. She also received a MSc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and has worked as field economist for the U.S. Department of Labor. She founded a small firm with the goal of environmentally-conscious architecture and designed Ashesi University, a private college in Ghana, Africa, among other projects in New York, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Evelyn settled in California so that she can swim in the ocean everyday, and spends her free time in the garden with her husband and daughter.


Sydney Nelson, Product Lead

Sydney plays an integral role in bridging the gap between design and engineering by managing project iterations and implementing designs using HTML, CSS, and AngularJS. She is also involved in the integration of digital marketing materials, public speaking, online and in-person software training, and usability studies. She received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Media Arts Practices, along with a Minor in Technology, Arts, & Media from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Sydney is a Colorado native who loves cats, her dog Charlie, and digital art.

Sydney Nelson, Product Lead

Sydney plays an integral role in bridging the gap between design and engineering by managing project iterations and implementing designs using HTML, CSS, and AngularJS. She is also involved in the integration of digital marketing materials, public speaking, online and in-person software training, and usability studies. She received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Media Arts Practices, along with a Minor in Technology, Arts, & Media from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Sydney is a Colorado native who loves cats, her dog Charlie, and digital art.


Josh Newsom, Software Engineer

Josh is a recent graduate of the Full Stack Immersive program at Galvanize's West Pearl location. Before that he made wooden jigsaw puzzles with lasers. He has a double bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Germanic Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In his spare time he enjoys listening to and playing music of all types and spending time with his dogs, Cookie and Muffin. He currently lives in Longmont.

Josh Newsom, Software Engineer

Josh is a recent graduate of the Full Stack Immersive program at Galvanize's West Pearl location. Before that he made wooden jigsaw puzzles with lasers. He has a double bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Germanic Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In his spare time he enjoys listening to and playing music of all types and spending time with his dogs, Cookie and Muffin. He currently lives in Longmont.


Mike DiPompeo, Software Engineer

Mike received his PhD in astrophysics from the University of Wyoming and has observed supermassive black holes with some of the largest telescopes in the world. Living in the Rocky Mountains and along the Appalachian trail, his love for the outdoors blossomed, and he decided to take his problem solving, computing and physics skills to LightStanza where environmentalism plays a central role in design. He enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife Shannon and their dog Moose.

Mike DiPompeo, Software Engineer

Mike received his PhD in astrophysics from the University of Wyoming and has observed supermassive black holes with some of the largest telescopes in the world. Living in the Rocky Mountains and along the Appalachian trail, his love for the outdoors blossomed, and he decided to take his problem solving, computing and physics skills to LightStanza where environmentalism plays a central role in design. He enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife Shannon and their dog Moose.


Mitch Massey, Software Engineer Intern

Mitch Massey is a Sophomore at the University of Colorado at Boulder studying Computer Science. When he is not at school or at the LightStanza office, he's practicing and competing with the CU Mountain Bike Team. Mitch also loves traveling and camping with friends.

Mitch Massey, Software Engineer Intern

Mitch Massey is a Sophomore at the University of Colorado at Boulder studying Computer Science. When he is not at school or at the LightStanza office, he's practicing and competing with the CU Mountain Bike Team. Mitch also loves traveling and camping with friends.


Christine Vidal, Marketing Manager

Christine joined the team to help strategize and execute on marketing efforts at LightStanza. She received her Masters and Bachelors degrees in Accounting from the University of Texas in Austin and found her way through public accounting to consulting and now marketing. Christine is a Texas native, but has fallen in love with everything Colorado has to offer over the past 5 years. She enjoys adventure/outdoor travel with her husband and hiking with her pup Wasabi.

Christine Vidal, Marketing Manager

Christine joined the team to help strategize and execute on marketing efforts at LightStanza. She received her Masters and Bachelors degrees in Accounting from the University of Texas in Austin and found her way through public accounting to consulting and now marketing. Christine is a Texas native, but has fallen in love with everything Colorado has to offer over the past 5 years. She enjoys adventure/outdoor travel with her husband and hiking with her pup Wasabi.