2018 40 Under 40: Nikhil Bodhankar, PE, LC, LEED AP; 34
Associate Principal, SMRT Architects and Engineers, Latham, N.Y.
BS electronics and telecommunications engineering, University of Pune, India
MS electrical engineering, Syracuse University, N.Y.
Bodhankar, a senior electrical engineer and an associate principal and shareholder at SMRT Architects and Engineers in Latham, N.Y., has more than a decade of experience in specialized scientific research and practice in the discipline of electrical engineering. His engineering designs have been applied in a variety of public- and private-sector fields including research institutions, education, utilities, transportation, health care, and renewable energy. Bodhankar leads the electrical engineering department of SMRT’s New York office. He has worked closely with clients such as the GE Global Research Center, where he made substantial contributions to the complex areas of safety electrical circuits, explosion-proof environment electrical design, machine automation, programming variable frequency drives, and developing control logic for some of the world’s more challenging research experiments. Other clients include the New York State Office of General Services and the New York State Department of Corrections; he served as project manager for security and electrical design projects at two facilities owned and operated by the latter. Bodhankar’s innovative design models have been recognized by experts in the electrical engineering field—both practitioners and policymakers—as important advances in their effectiveness and efficiency. His research in developing a theoretical model for the use of smart textiles to protect U.S. military personnel in combat, “Analysis of Heat and Mass Transfer on Porous Medium on Human Skin,” was presented at the 2007 Nunan Research Symposium in New York. Outside work, Bodhankar enjoys snowboarding in winter, hiking and biking in summer, Latin dancing throughout the year, and spending time with his kids.