Workshop Faculty

Dr. Venkatesh Kodur, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor & Director, SAFE-D Center
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michigan State University, USA

Prof. Kodur is a Professional Engineer, Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow of American Concrete Institute and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is a Foreign Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Chairman of ACI Fire Protection Committee, Chairman of ASCE-29 (Fire) Standards Committee and a member of UK-EPSRC College of Reviewers. Dr. Kodur was part of the FEMA/ASCE Building Performance Assessment Team that studied the collapse of the World Trade Center, New York, buildings as a result of September 11, 2001 incidents. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conference proceedings, and has given numerous invited keynote presentations.


Dr. Pravinray D. Gandhi, Ph.D., P.E.
Director, Corporate Research
Underwriters Laboratories, USA

Dr. Gandhi is well known in the North American and International Fire Protection Community as a leading fire researcher and for translating the product of fire research into economically useful applications in testing and certification of materials, products and systems. He is a member of National Fire Protection Association, and American Society for Testing and Materials. He has served as an expert in ISO and IEC technical committees. He has authored numerous papers and presentations on fire safety and is on the editorial board of Fire Technology journal.


Mr. G. B. Menon
Fire Advisor, Govt. of India (Retd.)

Mr Menon is Founder President of National Association of Fire Officers (NAFO)and former Chairman of the Fire Fighting Sectional Committee (CED   22), Bureau of Indian Standards. He is the Fellow of Institution of Fire Engineers (UK). He was Chief Fire Officer, Department of Civil Aviation, Govt. of Zambia and India's representative in International General Assenbly, IFF (UK). He was also Fire Advisor of Gujarat Electricity Board and Gujarat Disaster Management Authority and Member of SFPE and NFPA.