Prabodh Panindre holds PhD in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from New York University. His scholarly focus includes artificial intelligence, fire science and firefighter safety research, optics, heat transfer, nanotechnology, and microfluidics.
His research group has received several grants (more than $8.5 million) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for fire prevention and safety research. He led a team of NYU researchers on the "Wind-Driven High-Rise Fires" project with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which produced revolutionary changes in many of FDNY’s long-established tactics. The new firefighting procedures developed through this research have been implemented by FDNY in several real-life fires in New York City. This research was featured on the cover page of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineering) Magazine.
He also led the research that developed an innovative training methodology to disseminate firefighter safety research, and to educate firefighters in a most effective manner. This training has been used by more than 75,000 firefighters from all 50 U.S. states and officially adopted by more than 1000 fire departments nationwide. He has been featured on more than 500 newswires across the globe including the New York Times, NY Daily News, Yahoo, Reuters, United Press International, and National Volunteer Fire Council, just to name a few. He has been interviewed by several TV news channels including NBC News, ABC News, News 12, PIX 11 News, etc.