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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 leading product iterations and implementing designs using HTML, CSS, and AngularJS. She is also involved in the integration of digital marketing materials. 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, golfing, and digital art.

Sydney Nelson, Product Lead

Sydney plays an integral role in bridging the gap between design and engineering by leading product iterations and implementing designs using HTML, CSS, and AngularJS. She is also involved in the integration of digital marketing materials. 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, golfing, and digital art.


Will Whiteneck, Director of Technology

Will received a degree in Engineering-Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was recognized as the department’s “Most Outstanding Graduate.” He specializes in computer graphics and illumination modeling and is passionate about writing code that leads to an excellent user experience. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, and sandwiches. Last summer he paddled a canoe over 1,000 miles, eventually reaching the Arctic Ocean.

Will Whiteneck, Director of Technology

Will received a degree in Engineering-Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was recognized as the department’s “Most Outstanding Graduate.” He specializes in computer graphics and illumination modeling and is passionate about writing code that leads to an excellent user experience. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, and sandwiches. Last summer he paddled a canoe over 1,000 miles, eventually reaching the Arctic Ocean.


Kelsey Hanzlik, Technical Business Development

Kelsey is a graduate of Galvanize's immersive Data Science program and has a bachelor's in neurobiology from Colgate University. Kelsey's internship focuses on tying together the technical and business sides of LightStanza using her experience in marketing and her passion for analytics. She is excited to help LightStanza implement and promote its green technology. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys experiencing the great outdoors and honing her skills as a beekeeper.

Kelsey Hanzlik, Technical Business Development

Kelsey is a graduate of Galvanize's immersive Data Science program and has a bachelor's in neurobiology from Colgate University. Kelsey's internship focuses on tying together the technical and business sides of LightStanza using her experience in marketing and her passion for analytics. She is excited to help LightStanza implement and promote its green technology. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys experiencing the great outdoors and honing her skills as a beekeeper.


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.