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Venkatesh Kodur

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University Distinguished Professor


Civil Engineering


Venkatesh Kodur is a university distinguished professor in 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 keynote 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.

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, fellow of Society of Civil Engineers, fellow of American Concrete Institute, associate editor of Journal of Structural Engineering, chair of ACI Fire Protection Committee, chair 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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