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April 22, 2004

Margie Yu
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Cal State L.A. Alumnus
Lights the Way

Los Angeles, CA -- Do you know how traffic signals or digital clocks light up? Working behind the scenes to illuminate such vital technology are light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Energy-efficient and durable, LEDs have been replacing incandescent bulbs for several years, and Pervaiz Lodhie’s (’71 BS) company, LEDtronics, has been leading the way.

“This revolution is growing faster than computer technology,” says Lodhie, alumnus of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology (ECS&T) at Cal State L.A., and president and CEO of LEDtronics, which designs and manufactures LEDs for 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies. LEDtronics has grown from a two-person operation in 1983 to more than 140 employees at its Torrance headquarters. Projects range from lighting on local bridges to walkway illumination on the next-generation space station. “The variety of markets for which we design is mind-boggling,” Lodhie says.

Considered a global pioneer of the LED light bulb, Lodhie has also put this innovative technology to great use in his native Pakistan. “Many people there do not have lighting, so they burn toxic kerosene, or rely on candles,” Lodhie explains. “This energy-efficient lighting used with solar panels can help Pakistan.”

Lodhie says that his time at Cal State L.A. helped him immensely. “I found my first engineering job as a student through the Center for Career Planning and Placement. And, Cal State L.A. provided me with a hands-on, affordable education, and gave me all the tools I use in the field of mechanical engineering.”

To give back, he established the Pervaiz and Alma Lodhie Scholarship for engineering students at Cal State L.A., and remains active on the ECS&T board. Pervaiz Lodhie is a Rolling Hills Estates resident.

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