Venkatesh K. R. Kodur

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Venkatesh K. R. Kodur
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NationalityFlag of the United States.svg American
Flag of Canada.svg Canadian
Flag of India.svg Indian
Alma mater
Known forStructural engineering, Structural fire engineering, Fire resistant design, High performing construction materials, post-fire investigations.
AwardsUniversity Distinguished Professor Award, AISC Faculty Fellowship Award, Distinguished Faculty Award, NRCC (Govt, of Canada) Outstanding Achievement Award, Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, NATO Award for collaborative research
Scientific career
FieldsStructural engineering, Fire safety, Fire resistance evaluation, Material behavior, Building investigation
InstitutionsMichigan State University, Queens University, University Visveswaraya College of Engineering, National Research Council (Canada)
Doctoral advisorIvan Campbell, Queens University, Canada
Distinguished Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan State University

Venkatesh Kumar R Kodur, born in Kodur village in Karnataka India, received his bachelor's degree in Civil engineering from the University Visveswaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore, India, in 1984. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Queen’s University, Canada, in 1988 and 1992, respectively.[1] Following a brief stint as a Post-doctoral Fellow at Royal Military College, Kingston, Canada, he joined the National Research Council (Canada), where as senior scientist, he carried out extensive research in structural fire safety field. In 2005, he joined the faculty of Michigan State University (MSU), where he is currently a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Kodur has established unique fire test facilities and highly acclaimed research program in structural fire engineering area at MSU and is the founding director of the Center on Structural Fire Safety and Diagnostics.[2]

Prof. Kodur is an internationally recognized scholar for his contributions in structural and fire engineering field.[3] His research has focused on the 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, and Building collapse investigations. His contributions to the field of structural fire safety and high performing construction materials are seminal and numerous, and his research accomplishments have had major impacts. He has developed 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 the built infrastructure, which continues to cause thousands of deaths and billions of dollars of damage each year in the U.S. and around the world. Many of these design approaches and fire resistance solutions have been incorporated in to various construction codes and design standards in the U.S. and around the world.

Dr. Kodur has advised around 25 postdoctoral researchers, 26 Ph.D. students, 24 M.S. students and number of undergraduate students over the last 20 years.[4] Many of his (former) PhD and postdoctoral students are currently faculty members in reputed universities throughout the world. Dr. Kodur, together with his students and collaborators, has published results from his research in 400+ peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences, and has given numerous key-note presentations in major international conferences. He is one of the highly cited authors in Civil Engineering and Fire Protection Engineering disciplines, and as per Google Scholar, he has more than 11,100 citations with an "h" index of 59. The most recent contribution from Kodur is a new text book on “Structural Fire Engineering” published by McGraw-Hill Education.

Dr. Kodur’s contributions to the Civil Engineering and Fire Protection Engineering professions have been recognized by peers through prestigious honors and awards. He has been elected as Fellow of five Institutes/Academies: Canadian Academy of Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Indian National Academy of Engineering, Structural Engineering Institute, and American Concrete Institute. He is a professional engineer, Associate Editor of Journal of Structural Engineering, and Journal of Structural Fire Engineering, editorial board member of five leading journals, Chairman of ASCE-29 (Fire) Standards Committee, and a member of UK-EPSRC College of Reviewers. He has won many awards including Michigan State University University Distinguished Professor Award, American Institute of Steel Construction Faculty Fellowship Award, MSU Distinguished Faculty Award, NRCC (Government of Canada) Outstanding Achievement Award, AISC Faculty Fellowship Award, and NATO Award for collaborative research. Dr. Kodur was part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency/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 attacks.

International awards[edit]

  • "Outstanding Paper Award” (Zhang G and Kodur V.K.R.)- 6th Int. Conf. Applications in Structural Fire Engg., Singapore, 2019
  • Felicitated for 'contributions to the field of concrete technology and structural/fire engineering' through organizing " Gettu-Kodur International Symposium on Advances in Science & Technology of Concrete" - India Chapter of American Concrete Institute, 2018
  • Literati Award 2018 - for best paper
  • University Distinguished Professor Award, 2017 [5]
  • Selected for "MSU President’s report", 2016
  • "Fellow" of Structural Engineering Institute, SEI (ASCE), 2013
  • "Foreign Fellow" of Indian National Academy of Engg., INAE, 2012
  • University Distinguished Faculty Award, MSU, 2011[6]
  • Outstanding Achievement Award for "External Partnership", NRCC, 2010
  • "Fellow" of Canadian Academy of Engineering, CAE, 2009
  • AISC Faculty Fellowship Award, AISC, 2007
  • "Fellow" of American Concrete Institute, ACI, 2007
  • Elected "Fellow" of American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE, 2005[6]
  • Outstanding Public Awareness Award, NRCC, 2003
  • The Lorne W Gold "Best Publication (Research Paper)" Award, NRCC, 2002
  • Best Public Awareness Award, IRC/NRCC, 2002
  • Outstanding Achievement Award for "Best Research Project", NRCC, 2000
  • George Sedan Award for Innovative Solutions, NRCC, 1998
  • NATO Award for Collaborative Research, NATO, 1996


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  3. ^ "Venkatesh Kodur - College of Engineering, Michigan State University".
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  5. ^ "University Distinguished Professors - College of Engineering, Michigan State University".
  6. ^ a b "Awards - College of Engineering, Michigan State University".