Venkatesh Kumar Kodur named University Distinguished Professor

Year: 
2017

Venkatesh KodurJune 26, 2017

Venkatesh Kumar Kodur: Professor and chairperson, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering; director, Center on Structural Fire Engineering and Diagnostics, received the University Distinguished Professors recognition. The designation is in honor of his achievements in the classroom, laboratory and community.

The Board of Trustees voted on and approved the recommendations on June 21. The designations were effective immediately.

This recognition is among the highest honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member by the university.

Those selected for the title have been recognized nationally and internationally for the importance of their teaching, research and outreach achievements.

Individuals holding the professorship will receive, in addition to their salary, a stipend of $5,000 per year for five years to support professional activities.

A reception to honor the newly designated University Distinguished Professors will be held on Nov. 2.

Award Description: 
The title, University Distinguished Professor, will be conferred on selected members of the Michigan State University faculty to recognize distinguished achievement in teaching, research and public service. A University Distinguished Professorship will be held for the remainder of the recipient's active service at Michigan State University; the title University Distinguished Professor Emeritus will be conferred upon retirement. Individuals holding a University Distinguished Professorship will receive, in addition to salary, an average stipend of five thousand dollars for five years to support professional activities. Assignments for University Distinguished Professors will be arranged with the dean, chairperson/director and the Provost. The designation will be highly honorific and consequently very exclusive. Membership in this category will reflect the diverse scholarly dimensions of Michigan State University.
Department: 
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; director, Center on Structural Fire Engineering and Diagnosticsirector, Center on Structural Fire Engineering and Diagnostics