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10 Questions for EETD Efficiency Engineer Anna Liao

liao-smallAnna Liao is an energy efficiency engineer in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division and has worked at the Lab for two and a half years.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
A: Seeing the results of our research effectively influencing energy efficiency policy and change in industry and consumer behavior.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working the Lab?
A: The Berkeley vibe of environmentalism and social action, vibrant academic research community in connection with the Cal campus, colleagues that maintain an active lifestyle, and the view of the SF bay everyday is incomparable!

Q: Why do you like science?
A: Because of all the ways that the knowledge can be applied from basic principles.

Q: Who is your science hero?
A: My graduate advisor Gary Fedder (at Carnegie Mellon University) inspired me to think critically and independently.

Q: Where were you born and/or raised?
A: I was born in East Bay and raised in South Bay. My childhood was greatly influenced by Silicon Valley, especially since my father was a software engineer.

Q: What is your cultural heritage?
A: Chinese-American.

Q How do you connect with your cultural heritage?
A: Cooking Chinese food and speaking Mandarin when I visit my parents.

Q: What are your favorite activities outside of work?
A: Trail running, volunteering at the Berkeley animal shelter, reading, and enjoying a good cup of soy cappuccino at one of the local cafes.

Q: Do you possess any unique talents?
A: I occasionally run/commute to work (unique in that I don’t see many other people who do it). I also make a pretty good strawberry chia fresca.

Q: Who inspires you?
A: Those that champion to alleviate the plight of a group of people.

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