Liyang is a Senior Research Associate in the Building Technology & Urban Systems Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She works to accelerate the adoption of clean energy technology nationally by identifying institutional barriers and implementing programs to overcome obstacles in technology acquisition. She supports the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in implementing and evaluating sustainable acquisition programs for federal agencies. She is also a part of an interdisciplinary team on the Empower Procurement initiative funded by the California Energy Commission, where she helps to increase distributed energy resources among large organizations in California by examining the organizational factors that affect technology adoption
Before joining the lab, she worked as an energy efficiency consultant in Massachusetts where she implemented energy efficiency measures for new and existing buildings across all business sectors and conducted technical assessments of emerging energy technologies. She is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Engineer-in-Training (EIT) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is currently a graduate student at UC Berkeley's Energy & Resources Group.