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Dr. Venkatesh Kodur is a University Distinguished Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan State University. He also serves as Director of the Centre on Structural Fire Engineering and Diagnostics at Michigan State University. His research interests include: Evaluation of fire resistance of structural systems through large scale fire experiments and numerical modeling and Characterization of materials under high temperature. His research contributions has lead to the development of fundamental understanding on the fire behavior of material and structural systems and also resulted in numerous design approaches and innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing fire-resistance of structural systems.  He has published over 375 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences, and has given numerous invited key-note presentations. He is one of the highly cited authors in Civil Engineering and as per Google Scholar, he has more than 8500 citations with an "h” index of 52.

Prof. Kodur is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Foreign Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is a professional engineer, Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow of Structural Engineering Institute, Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow of American Concrete Institute, Associate Editor of Journal of Structural Engineering, Chairman of ACI Fire Protection Committee, Chairman of ASCE-29 (Fire) Standards Committee and a member of UK-EPSRC College of Reviewers. He has won many awards including MSU University Distinguished Professor, AISC Faculty Fellowship Award, MSU Distinguished Faculty Award, NRCC (Government of Canada) Outstanding Achievement Award and NATO Award for collaborative research. Dr. Kodur was part of the FEMA/ASCE Building Performance Assessment Team that studied the collapse of WTC buildings as a result of September 11 incidents.     

 Highlights of Accomplishments in the last 5 Years:

·          Secured 6 competitive research grants from diverse funding agencies

·          Developed innovative and cost-effective fire resistance solutions for various structural systems as part of industry sponsored projects.

·          Awarded "University Distinguished Professor" rank, highest promotion rank  at the Michigan State University (MSU)

·          Appointed as Chairperson of the Department of Civil & Env. Engineering at Michigan State University.

·          Established state-of-the-art fire test facilities for material & structural systems

·          Currently advising research of 7 Ph.D., 3 M.S., 1 PDF  and 2 visiting scholars

·          Organized (as Chair) “PROTECT2015  – 5th  Int. Workshop on Performance, Protection & Strengthening of  Structures under Extreme Loading, East Lansing, MI, June 2015

·          Invited to research proposal review panels from various funding agencies: Hong Kong (RGC), Belgium, Singapore, UK (EPSRC)), Canada (NSERC, DoD), Switzerland, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Romania, Australia, Austria and Kazakhstan.

·          Published 2 books, 70 journal and 40 conference papers, and 3 book chapters

·          Invited to be assessor with the Australian Research Council (ARC)

·          Invited to deliver 14 keynote presentations at major international conferences

·          Awarded “University Distinguished Faculty Award” by Michigan State University

·          Elected "Fellow" of Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE)

·          Elected "Foreign Fellow" of Indian National Academy of Engineering              

·          Reappointed to "EPSRC (UK) Peer Review College" from 2010-2014

·          Appointed as Chair of ASCE-SFPE Fire Standards Committee

·          Appointed as Adjunct Professor at University of Waterloo, Canada.

·          Appointed Editorial Board Member, Journal of Engineering Structures, 2015-

·          Appointed Editorial Board Member, Cement & Concrete Composites Journal, 2015-


Venkatesh Kodur PhD, P.Eng.
University Distinguished Professor and Chairperson


Chair Person,  Department of Civil & Env. Engineering (CEE)

3546 Engineering Building,
E. Lansing, MI 48824

Ph: 517-353-9813




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