Professor, Michigan State University. Dr. Venkatesh Kodur is a professor in the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and also serves as Director of the Center on Structural Fire Safety and Diagnostics at the Michigan State University (MSU). Before moving to MSU, he worked as a senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada (NRCC), where he carried out research in structural fire safety field. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Queen’s University, Canada in 1988 and 1992, respectively.