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Ankur Podder

Buildings Advanced Manufacturing and Integration Science Research Engineer

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Ankur joined the Commercial Buildings Research Group at NREL in 2019 with a focus on buildings advanced manufacturing and integration science. His work includes facilitating integration of a wide range of energy-efficient strategies during factory production of permanent modular buildings, strategizing the blending of factory information modeling and building information modeling into NREL's building energy modeling capabilities, and accelerating whole-buildings systems integration in upcoming net-zero energy buildings.

Ankur gained academic and research training on advanced manufacturing, building energy, and urbanism from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); entrepreneurship and economics from courses at Harvard Business School; and architectural and building sciences/technology from Birla Institute of Technology. At MIT, he developed advanced manufacturing techniques and digital design-manufacturing tools to quantify and lower material-embodied energy during construction of new multifamily apartments in the United States.

Research Interests

Advanced manufacturing

Energy efficiency

Whole-buildings systems integration


M.S., Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.Arch., Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology, Birla Institute of Technology