In Memory of Ian Ashdown
With intense sorrow, we announce the passing of our beloved friend, Ian Ashdown, PEng (Ret), FIES, Senior Scientist and co-founder of SunTracker Technologies Ltd.
Ian’s profound passion and dedication to lighting, unwavering commitment to scientific integrity, and remarkable expertise have left an indelible mark throughout his extraordinary career spanning over four decades. His contributions encompassed a wide range of academic articles, lighting standards, and software developments.
Beyond his renowned reputation as an engineer and scientist in the lighting field and beyond, Ian possessed a remarkable spirit of compassion. He selflessly assisted numerous individuals personally and professionally throughout their journeys.
Ian’s departure has left an immeasurable void; we deeply feel his absence. However, SunTracker Technologies remains unwavering in its dedication to preserving and advancing Ian’s exceptional legacy within the lighting community and beyond.
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