Dr. Prabhakar is also a member of the National Academies' Science Technology and Economic Policy (STEP) Board, the College of Engineering Advisory Board at the University of California, Berkeley, and the red team of DARPA's Defense Sciences Research Council (DSRC). In addition, she chairs the Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee (ERAC) for the U.S. Department of Energy.
For the past ten years, Dr. Prabhakar was a partner at U.S. Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, where she worked with cleantech and IT entrepreneurs to build new companies. Previously, Dr. Prabhakar was president at Interval Research Corporation, a laboratory for consumer technology. Prior to Interval, she was chief technology officer at Raychem, a publicly held specialty materials company.
In 1993, President Clinton appointed Dr. Prabhakar as the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where she led the 3,000-person organization in its work with companies across multiple industries.