2019 40 Under 40: Deepak Kandra, PE; 39
Kandra is an associate mechanical engineer and technical leader of the Tunnel Ventilation Group. He has more than 14 years of industrial and three years of research experience in sizing, optimization, design, construction administration and commissioning of tunnel ventilation and HVAC systems. He began his professional career at Hoff and Associates Inc. in its Plymouth, Michigan, office consulting in computational fluid dynamics for automotive firms on a range of projects. He joined Arup in September 2006, starting with conceptual design and CFD-based performance evaluation of integrated tunnel and station emergency ventilation systems, for the Second Avenue Subway Phase 1 project. He has since then worked on large infrastructure projects such as Hudson Yards Overbuild, I-90 Road Tunnel, Crenshaw LAX Transit Corridor, Chicago Union Station and the World Trade Center PATH Station. Kandra believes that carefully considered design should be in service of saving clients and tax-payers money, and he works to reach and exceed these goals. During his career at Arup he has further expanded his project portfolio to include built environment projects such as land port of entry, mission critical facilities, museums, commercial high-rise buildings and labs. Between his academic and professional career, Kandra has conducted independent and original research with several peer reviewed journal and conference publications and presentations. As a part of the community outreach engagement and to give back to society, he takes an active role in educating and transferring technical skills to engineers in his highly specialized field of work. Kandra’s goal is to prepare a new generation of tunnel ventilation engineers. He is passionate about cooking. Being from India and exposed to a world of spices, he experiments with cuisines from diverse regions of South India. He enjoys playing and watching cricket and loves to travel.