This award recognizes a young NSPE member who has made outstanding contributions to the Engineering Profession and the community during the early years of one's career.
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NSPE 2018 Young Engineer of the Year
Nikhil Bodhankar, P.E.
Nikhil (Nik) Bodhankar is an associate principal, shareholder, and senior electrical engineer at SMRT Architects and Engineers. Nik leads the Electrical Engineering Department in SMRT’s Latham, NY, office. He has worked closely with clients including 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. His clients have included Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, GlobalFoundries, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the New York State Office of General Services. Nik has more than a decade of experience in specialized scientific research and practice in electrical engineering, and his innovative design models have been recognized for their effectiveness and efficiency by practitioners and policymakers alike. His designs have been applied in a variety of public and private sector fields, including research institutions, education, utilities, transportation, health care, and renewable energy. His research for 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 Nunan Research Symposium. In 2018, Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine selected Nik as one of its 40 Under 40 winners for his leadership and dedication to the engineering industry. He is also the recipient of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) 2018 Young Engineer of the Year Award. Nik earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Pune, India. Outside work, Nik enjoys snowboarding in winter, hiking and biking in summer, Latin dancing throughout the year, and spending time with his children.