Sept. 18, 2023
Kodur named Fellow of Canadian Academy of Sciences
The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) has honored Venkatesh K.R. Kodur of Michigan State University for outstanding career achievements.
Kodur, University Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of MSU’s Center on Structural Fire Engineering and Diagnostics, was elected a Fellow of RSC’s Academy of Sciences. Election to the national academy is one of the highest honors in the arts and scientific fields in Canada.
Kodur is an internationally recognized scholar in the areas of structural and fire engineering. He has established a leading-edge world-class research program that has reached a high level of sustained professional distinction in research and scholarly activities, teaching, and public and institutional service.
His unique research in the fire safety field is credited with developing the fundamental understanding on the behavior of materials and structural systems under extreme fire conditions. The techniques and methodologies resulting from his research is instrumental for minimizing the destructive impact of fire in built infrastructure, which continues to cause thousands of deaths and billions of dollars of damages each year in the U.S. and beyond.
Kodur’s industrial background at the National Research Council of Canada (NRCC) provides him with a unique perspective and his research is highly innovative in combining theoretical depth with highly relevant practical applications.
As founding director of the Center for Structural Fire Engineering and Diagnostics (SAFE-D Center) funded through an MSU Strategic Partnership Grant, Kodur, together with his research team is applying advanced experimental techniques and complex numerical modeling approaches for developing rational calculation methodologies and innovative practical solutions for fire design of various structural systems. For undertaking fire experiments, he designed and developed unique structural and material fire testing facilities (valued at more than $2 million) at MSU, the first of its kind at a U.S. university.
Working with students and collaborators, Kodur has published research results in 475+ technical papers – including 375+ peer-reviewed papers in prestigious international journals and conferences. He is one of the highly cited authors in civil engineering and fire protection engineering disciplines, with more than 19,500 citations and an h-index of 78. He is a sought-after speaker and media source. He has delivered 90 keynote and plenary presentations in structural, materials, and fire resistance areas.
Kodur has served on numerous panels in the U.S. and internationally. Among his many honors, he is a Fellow of seven institutes and academies, including the Royal Society of Canada, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), American Concrete Institute (ACI), Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), and Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE).
He has received some of the highest honors bestowed on engineers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and India, and at MSU and the MSU College of Engineering. His major awards include:
• a NATO award for collaborative research,
• an American Institute of Steel Construction Faculty Fellowship Award,
• INFOSYS Visiting Chair Professor appointment at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore,
• Government of India VAJRA Faculty Award for Collaborative Research at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi,
• an NRC (Government of Canada) Outstanding Achievement Award,
• a U.S. Fulbright Specialist Award for research and training in India in 2022,
• an MSU University Distinguished Faculty Award,
• an MSU College of Engineering Withrow Global Leadership Award in 2021,
• and an MSU College of Engineering Distinguished Senior Scholar Award in 2020.
Most notably, he was part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and American Society of Civil Engineers high profile "Experts Team" that investigated the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings as a result of Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.