Ravindra Dhir qualified with BSc in Applied Science in 1962 from the University of Durham, followed by PhD in Engineering from Sheffield University in 1965. After 2 years of Engineering Management training with the industry, he joined the University of Dundee in August 1967 as Lecturer in Civil Engineering and was promoted to personal chair in Concrete Technology 1992.
In 1988 he established Concrete Technology Unit with a start-up grant of £15k which as Founding Director he developed it into a £15m internationally acknowledged multi-disciplinary Centre of Excellence having state of the art research facilities. He remained as CTU Director until his retirement in August 2008.
His research in concrete construction and sustainability has been innovative, challenging and has always been undertaken in close collaboration with industry and with clear emphasis on dissemination. This won him many awards, honours and recognitions.
1993, Recognition. British Cement Association, for the success of “Concrete 2000”.
1994, Honour. Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Concrete Technology, for outstanding services to Concrete Technology and ability to relate research to industry.
1998 and 1999, Awards. Secretary of State for Trade & Industry, for innovative partnership with industry, with particular emphasis on sustainability, industrial innovation and quality of life, as well as dissemination of knowledge.
1998, Honour. Order of the British Empire, Officer Rank, (OBE) for services to concrete technology.
2001, Award. British Cement Association, for targeted technology transfer.
2003, Award. Beacon Award from the RMC Environmental Fund, for sustainability programme.
2008, Recognition. Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, for outstanding contributions to Concrete Science and Technology, Durability of Concrete, Sustainability and Novel Construction Applications.
2008, Recognition. Lord Provost of Dundee, for lifetime academic excellence and commitment to the University and City of Dundee.
2008, Recognition. British Cement Association, British Precast Concrete Federation, British Ready Mixed Concrete Association and the Concrete Centre, for lifetime’s work for the Cement and Concrete Industry.
2009, Honour. Honorary Life-time Fellowship of the Indian Concrete Institute.
2011, Honour. Honorary Member of Construction Chemicals Manufacturers Association.
Professor Dhir has published greatly, with over 450 publications of books, peer reviewed technical reports, journal/conference papers to his name. He has travelled widely (43 countries) to attend, present opening/keynote papers and chair conferences and have served on several technical committees, including the BSI and ACI committees.
Emeritus Professor of Concrete Technology of the University of Dundee, UK, he has also since 2009 held the positions of Honorary/Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Expert for Establishing the Centre for Concrete Construction at National Institute of Technology Jalandhar, Punjab, India and Guest Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.