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Lyra Rakusin
Senior Renewable Energy Training Specialist

Lyra Rakusin is a Senior Renewable Energy Training Specialist for the Center where she helps direct training workshops and other workforce development events. She joined the Center in 2004 to develop and launch the RET Diploma Series and work on special projects. She was Outreach, Communications and Training Programs Manger of the Center from 2005 to 2008 before going on “eternity leave”. As Training Manager, she also organized and provided support to Center special events. As Outreach and Communications Manager, Lyra coordinated the efforts of the North Carolina Wind Working Group to produce a model wind ordinance, and helped to coordinate the members of the Landfill Gas to Energy Steering Committee, in addition to heading the print and online functions of the Center. Prior to moving to North Carolina, Lyra worked for the Alliance to Save Energy in Washington as an intern and then as Development Associate. In 2000, she earned an M.S. in Environmental Science from American University in Washington, D.C. Lyra was one of the Philippines’s first graduates of a B.S. in Environmental Science at the Ateneo de Manila University (a Jesuit university), where she graduated with the Departmental Award in 1997. Email:

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Harsha Ramakrishna
Energy Efficiency Project Coordinator

As an Energy Efficiency Project Coordinator at the Center, Harsha manages a key account with a local utility, providing demand-side management program development and technical energy consultation. Prior to working with NC State University, Harsha was a member of Facility Services at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he served as an Energy Project Engineer. He started his career in the energy sector as a student serving the U.S. Department of Energy’s state-affiliated Industrial Assessment Center, where he gained invaluable hands-on experience working to improve energy use within the manufacturing arena. Harsha holds a Master’s of Science in mechanical engineering from NC State University.