Terry McGowan heads his own consulting business, Lighting Ideas, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. He specializes in illuminating engineering, lighting design and lighting education. He is also the Director of Engineering & Technology for the American Lighting Association.
Before retiring from GE Lighting in 1998, he was the Manager of Worldwide Application Development and the Lighting Institute at Nela Park in Cleveland and for the following seven years he was the Executive Director of the Lighting Research Office for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
Terry is on the Board of the International Dark-Sky Association and chair of their Technical Committee, a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and a Division Member of the International Commission on Illumination. He has held the LC Credential since the inception of the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professional (NCQLP) program.