Professor Ravindra K Dhir OBE, of Dundee/Birmingham universities UK and Trinity College Dublin Ireland, recipient of Videsh Samman from the High Commissioner of India in the UK (1999), Honorary Fellow Institute of Concrete Technology UK (1994), Honorary Lifetime Fellow Indian Concrete Institute (2008), Honorary Member Construction Chemical Manufacturers Association India (2011), and Past-President, the Concrete Society UK (2010), is a researcher and teacher in concrete science, technology and construction, with specialities in sustainability, low carbon cements and value-added use of wastes. In Dundee, his hallmark has been, building of a grand multi-million sterling pounds, state of the art, concrete research centre, commonly known as the CTU, where research helped to break barriers and open new frontiers, such as fly ash use as a cement constituent, role of minimum cement content in concrete, use of small cores, upto 25 mm dia., in estimating in-situ concrete strength.
Dhir has published over 450, books, technical papers and recently five books (authored) sustainable construction materials: recycled aggregates, glass cullet, municipal incinerated bottom ash, sewage sludge ash, and copper slag, as well as four books (edited), published by the Institution of Civil Engineers UK: smart, low carbon and self-compacting concrete and recycled aggregates use in concrete.
Consulting internationally, Dhir specialises in mentoring companies with the aim of giving them a cutting edge, as well as cost savings, in a competitive market. Dhir has served on several national and international technical committees and is recipient of numerous awards and honours, including the UK national honour, the Order of the British Empire, bestowed by the Queen in 1999, for his services to the construction Industry.