Venkatesh Kodur Elected to Indian National Academy of Engineering

September 29, 2011

Venkatesh K. R. Kodur, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of MSU's Center for Structural Fire Engineering and Diagnostics, has been elected to the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), which includes India's most distinguished engineers, engineer-scientists, and technologists. The academy honors both Indian and foreign nationals who are elected by "peer" committees in recognition of their personal achievements in engineering that are of exceptional merit and distinctive eminence in new and developing fields of technology. Election to the academy is only by nomination from fellows of INAE.

Kodur is internationally recognized for his contributions to structural fire engineering and high-performing construction materials. He has developed fundamental understandings on the behavior of materials and structural systems under extreme fire conditions.

Among his major contributions are solutions for enhancing the fire performance of such high-performing materials as composite construction, high-strength concrete, and fiber-reinforced polymers. The techniques and methodologies resulting from his research have been instrumental in minimizing the destructive impact of fire in building infrastructure.

Kodur's research program is funded by major grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Science Foundation, and the construction industry. He has chaired numerous international technical committees, organized workshops and international conferences, and is a member of the editorial boards of several scientific journals. He has also received a NATO award for collaborative research, an American Institute of Steel Construction Faculty Fellowship award, and a National Research Council Canada Outstanding Public Awareness Award. Kodur was elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He received MSU's Distinguished Faculty Award in 2011. He was also a member of the FEMA/ASCE Building Performance Assessment Team that investigated the collapse of the World Trade Center.

The Center for Structural Fire Engineering and Diagnostics on the MSU campus was dedicated in June 2007 and is the first such facility in a U.S. university setting. The center, which is part of the College of Engineering's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, addresses fire issues related to infrastructure in the civil, mechanical, and transportation sectors. It has state-of-the-art equipment for undertaking fire experiments on materials and structural systems, critical for research in this interdisciplinary area. This includes a structural fire testing furnace and various material characterization instruments for measuring high-temperature properties.