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

Photo of Venkatesh Kodur in the structural engineering lab with former CEE chair Dr. Harichandran.

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

University Distinguished Professor

Biography

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. 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 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 350 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 7000 citations with an "h” index of 48.

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.

Research Area
Awards
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)
Education
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
Publications
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.