Dr. Venkatesh Kodur, Professor and Director of SAFE-D Centre at Michigan State University, is an internationally recognized scholar for his contributions in the fields of structural and fire engineering. He has developed fundamental understanding on the behavior of materials and structural systems under extreme fire conditions. He has published over 260 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences, and has given numerous invited key-note presentations. The contributions of Dr. Kodur to the fields of structural and fire engineering fields are seminal and numerous and his research accomplishments have had major impacts. His research is highly innovative in combining theoretical-depth with highly relevant practical applications. His major contributions include developing innovative solutions for enhancing fire performance of high performing materials such as composite construction, high strength concrete and fiber reinforced polymers, which are widely used in building construction. The techniques and methodologies resulting from his research are instrumental for minimizing the destructive impact of fire in the built infrastructure, which continues to cause thousands of deaths and billions of dollars of damages each year around the world. Dr. Kodur is an exceptional teacher and mentor of undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral research scholars. His graduate students are frequent recipients of awards and honors and have proceeded to start successful careers themselves. Dr. Kodur, through ASCE (SEI) and other organizations, has chaired numerous international technical and standards committees, organized international conferences, and is a dedicated member of the editorial boards of several scientific journals. He has undertaken a number of technology transfer activities for enhancing fire safety in built infrastructure. Dr. Kodur, a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Indian National Academy of Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Concrete Institute, has won many notable awards and was part of the ASCE/FEMA BPAT team that studied the World Trade Center building performance following 9-11 terrorist incidents.
Ph.D., P.E., F.ACI, F.CAE, F.INAE, F.SEI, F.ASCE
SEI Fellow Since 2013