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Forrest J. Masters

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Office 300 Weil Hall Mailing P.O. Box 116550 Gainesville FL 32611 Office Phone: 352-273-0541


Forrest Masters, Ph.D., P.E., is a Professor of Civil and Coastal Engineering in the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment at the University of Florida. His research primarily focuses on hurricane effects on the built environment. Dr. Masters has conducted field experiments in 36 named storms, including recent Category 4 storms Harvey and Laura and Category 5 Michael. He also created one of seven NSF Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) experimental facilities for the study of damaging effects of extreme wind events on civil infrastructure. Dr. Masters has received support from 50 grants from state, federal and private sources, including the NSF Faculty Early Career Development and Major Research Instrumentation Programs. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and given more than 100 invited presentations. Dr. Masters serves on the Board of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes and recently served on the NIST National Advisory Committee on Windstorm Impact Reduction. In 2014, he 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 also received the Outstanding Achievement Award in Mitigation at the National Hurricane Conference.


Ph.D., 2004, University of Florida