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Studying Structures to Ensure Fire Safety

Venkatesh Kodur, professor and chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, serves as director of the Center on Structural Fire Safety and Diagnostics at the Michigan State University (MSU). He was part of the FEMA/ASCE (Federal Emergency Management Agency/American Society of Civil Engineers) Building Performance Assessment Team that studied the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings as a result of September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Before moving to MSU, Kodur 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 master’s and doctoral degrees from Queen’s University, Canada in 1988 and 1992, respectively.

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