Associate Dean & Professor, Research & Facilities, Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering, University of Florida
Dr. Forrest Masters is a Professor in the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment and serves as Associate Dean for Research and Facilities in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. He earned his PhD in civil (structural) engineering from the University of Florida in 2004. Dr. Masters has received support from more than 40 grants from state, federal and private sources, including the NSF CAREER and MRI Programs. He also leads one of seven Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) experimental facilities for the NSF to study the damaging effects of extreme wind events on civil infrastructure. Dr. Masters has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and given more than 100 invited presentations. He serves on the Board of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, and recently served on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Advisory Committee on Windstorm Impact Reduction. In 2014, Dr. Masters was awarded the junior International Association of Wind Engineering award, which is the highest award in his field that recognizes significant and original contributions to research by an individual under the age of 40. He was also honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award in Mitigation at the National Hurricane Conference.
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