Prakash Rao

Prakash Rao

Head: Building & Industrial Applications Department
Head: Industrial Applications
Energy/Environmental Policy Research Scientist/Engineer
(510) 486-4410


Dr. Prakash Rao is a Research Scientist within the Building Technologies and Urban Systems Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. He also serves as the head of the Building and Industrial Applications Department. Dr. Rao conducts research and analysis into the potential for reducing the energy consumption, GHG emissions, and water use impacts of the US manufacturing sector while maintaining its productivity. Dr. Rao received his doctorate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University and his bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


2023 R&D 100 Award: R&D 100 Professional Team of the Year -  August 29th 2023

The Energy Management Systems Team receives the R&D 100 Professional Team of the Year Award from R&D World for its ongoing international efforts to advance energy management business practices in the commercial, manufacturing, and institutional sectors. The team has collectively built on each other’s strengths to make a profound impact in their respective fields. By leveraging their diverse academic and personal backgrounds, the team has created a technical program that reaches people working in all sectors of the economy. The team has published international standards, conducted original research, delivered technical assistance to organizations globally, developed professional workforce certification programs, and partnered with private and public sector organizations to accelerate the deployment of energy management business practices. The team’s resources and practices have been adopted by tens of thousands of organizations worldwide, including large and small manufacturers, regional hospital groups, government agencies, schools and universities, and corporate and boutique hotel chains. To learn more about energy management system business practices, visit

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.