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Ankur Podder

Buildings Advanced Manufacturing and Integration Science Research Engineer

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Ankur joined the Communities and Urban Science Research Group at NREL in 2019. He performs and leads research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects under the Industrialized Construction Innovation (ICI) research area with a focus on advanced manufacturing approaches, process simulation modeling, decarbonization technologies, and intrapreneurial activities. At NREL, Ankur led multiple full-proposal development efforts for RD&D projects cumulatively budgeted for $16.3M in FY21. He has successfully led and supported networking efforts, strongly positioning the ICI team to establish long-term industry and academic partnerships. In FY21, he disseminated NREL’s work at seven different speaking engagements across the United States and has been invited to speak at ENR’s Top Young Professionals Conference 2022. Ankur has more than 5 years of combined experience in manufacturing-related research and professional work and is currently pursuing the Certified Manufacturing Engineer credential in the United States. He is a LEED Green Associate and holds a Certified Professional in Design for Manufacturing credential.

Research Interests

Advanced Manufacturing

Industrialized Construction

Process Simulation Modeling


Professional Continuing Education, Certified Manufacturing Engineer, Society of Manufacturing Engineers/Tooling U-SME, USA

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

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

Featured Work

Immersive Industrialized Construction Environments for Energy Efficiency Construction WorkforceFrontiers in Virtual Reality Journal Volume: 3 (2022)

Integrating Energy Efficiency Strategies with Industrialized Construction for Our Clean Energy Future, ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings (2020)

Tracking Volumetric Units in Modular Factories for Automated Progress Monitoring Using Computer Vision, Construction Research Congress (2022)

Decarbonization During Predevelopment of Modular Building Solutions, NREL Technical Report (2021)

Development of Integrated Mechanical Pods, NREL Technical Report (2020)

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