Dr. Pekka Hakkarainen is Vice President of Government and Industry Relations at Lutron Electronics. He has held several technical, market development and business development positions since joining Lutron in 1990.
Pekka has been involved in NEMA activities since the mid-1990’s and he is a past Chair of the Lighting Systems Division and the High Performance Building Council. Pekka currently chairs the Daylight Management Council. In 2014 Pekka received NEMA’s Kite and Key award for his service in the Lighting Systems Division. He has also served on the Board of the Global Lighting Association, and served as the Chair of the Board of the Connected Lighting Alliance.
Pekka is also a voting member of the ASHRAE 90.1 Committee, and a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. He has served on two committees for the National Research Council charged with evaluating public spending on solid state lighting.
Pekka received a BA/MA degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University, England and a PhD in Plasma Physics from MIT. He holds seven U.S. patents.