Venkatesh Kodur, Ph.D., P.E., F.CAE, F.INAE, F.ASCE, F.ACI, F.SEI


Venkatesh Kodur, Ph.D., P.E., F.CAE, F.INAE, F.ASCE, F.ACI, F.SEI

University Distinguished Professor


Dr. Venkatesh Kodur is a University Distinguished Professor 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. Research interests include: Experimental behavior and analytical modeling of structural systems under extreme fire conditions; Constitutive modelling of material properties at elevated temperatures, Fire resistance design of structural systems, Application of AI & ML based techniques for structural fire engineering, and Building collapse investigations. His research contributions have 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 450 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences, and has given numerous invited key-note presentations. He is one of the top cited authors in Civil Engineering and as per Google Scholar, he has more than 17,000 citations with an "h” index of 72. He has been elected as Fellow of six Institutes/Academies, including Canadian Academy of Engineering, Indian National Academy of Engineering, and American Society of Civil Engineers.

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 high profile-awards and 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 September 11 (2001) attacks.

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Selected for "MSU President's report" (2016)
Elected "Fellow" of 'Structural Engineering Insitute' 2013
Elected “Foreign Fellow" of Indian National Academy of Engg. INAE (2012)
University Distinguished Faculty Award, Michigan State University (2011)
Outstanding Achievement Award for "External Partnership", National Research Council Canada (2010)
Elected "Chapter Honor Member” of Chi Epsilon Society (2010)
Elected "Fellow" of Canadian Academy of Engineering (2009)
Elected "Fellow" of 'American Concrete Institute (2007)
American Institute of Steel Construction Faculty Fellowship Award (2007)
Elected "Fellow" of 'American Society of Civil Engineers (2005)
Outstanding Public Awareness Award National Research Council Canada (2003)
The Lorne W Gold "Best Publication (Research Paper)" Award National Research Council Canada (2002)
George Sedan Award for Innovative Solutions, National Research Council Canada (1998)
NATO Award for Collaborative Research (1996)
Best Teaching Assistant Award, Queen's University (1991)
Ph.D., Structural Engineering, Queen's University, Canada 1992
M.Sc., Structural Engineering, Queen's University, Canada 1988
B.Sc., Civil Engineering, Bangalore University, India 1985
Naser M.Z., Kodur V.K.R. “Comparative fire behavior of composite steel girders under flexural and shear loading.” J. of Thin Walled Structures, 116, pp. 82-90, 2017.
Kodur, V.K.R., Yu, B., and Solmirzei R. "A simplified approach for predicting temperatures in insulated RC members exposed to standard fire": Fire Safety Journal, 92, pp. 82-90, 2017.
Kodur V.K.R., Aziz E., and Naser M.Z., “Strategies for enhancing fire performance of steel bridges.” in Press: J. of Engineering Structures, pp. 1-22, 2016.
Kodur, V.K.R., Bhatt, P., Soroshian P., and Arableoi A. "Temperature and stress development in Ultra-High Performance Concrete during curing", J. of Construction & Building Materials, 122, pp. 63-71, 2016.
Zhang, H., Kodur, V.K.R., Wu, B., Cao, L., and Wang, F. "Thermal behavior and mechanical properties of Geopolymer mortar after exposure to elevated temperatures", Journal of Construction and Building Materials, V. 109, Pages 17-24, 2016.
Kodur V.K.R. and Agrawal, A. "An approach for evaluating residual capacity of reinforced concrete beams exposed to fire", J. of Engineering Structures, V. 107, pp. 101-115, 2016.
Zhang, H., Kodur, V.K.R., Qi S., and Wu, B. “Characterizing the bond strength of geopolymers at ambient and elevated temperatures”, Journal of Cement and Concrete Composites, Vol. 58, 40-49, 2015.
Shakya A., and Kodur V.K.R., "Response of precast prestressed concrete hollowcore slabs under fire conditions", J. of Engineering Structures, Vol. 87, 126-138, 2015.
Naser, M. Z. and Kodur, V.K.R., "Effect of shear on fire response of steel beams", Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Volume 97, Pages 48-58, 2014.
Kodur, V.K.R., Khaliq, W. and Raut, N. "An approach to account for tie configuration in predicting fire resistance of reinforced concrete columns", J. of Engineering Structures, Vol. 56, August 2013, Pages 1976-1985, 2013.
Kodur V.K.R., and Naser, M. "Importance factor for design of bridges against fire hazard", J. of Engineering Structures, 54, pp. 207-220, 2013.
J-M Franssen, V. Kodur & Zaharia, R., Designing Steel Structures for Fire Safety, pp. 162. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, ISBN: 978-0-415-54828-1, 2009.
Dwaikat M., Kodur V.K.R, "Hydro-thermal model for predicting fire induced spalling in concrete structural systems ", Fire Safety Journal, V. 44, 425–434, 2009.
Dwaikat M., Kodur V.K.R, "A numerical approach for modeling the fire induced restraint effects in reinforced concrete beams", Fire Safety Journal, 43(4), pp. 291-307, 2008.
BPAT Team "World Trade Center Building Performance Study: Data Collection, Preliminary Observations and Recommendations" Report 403, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington D.C., 2002.