Prakash Rao

Prakash Rao

Energy/Environmental Policy Research Scientist/Engineer
(510) 486-4410


Dr. Prakash Rao is a Research Scientist within the Buildings and Industrial Applications Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. Dr. Rao conducts research and analysis into the potential for reducing the energy consumption and water use impacts of the US manufacturing sector while maintaining its productivity. Dr. Rao also conducts analysis of large-scale desalination, focusing on its energy implications and reduction opportunities. Dr. Rao received his doctorate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University and his bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


Spot: Industrial Technology Validation Team -  August 18th 2021

For development and execution of the Industrial Technology Validation program for DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office.



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Spot: Prakash Rao -  April 09th 2019

For exemplary coordination of the Better Plants Technology Days events at Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, April 9-10, 2019.

2017 Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement: Societal Impact -  April 03rd 2018

For research of barriers limiting adoption of ISO 50001 energy management business practices and development of the ISO 50001 energy and CO2 impacts methodology, which resulted in national and corporate commitments at Clean Energy Ministerial meetings and national efficiency programs.