Dr. Forrest Masters is a professor in the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment and currently serves as Interim 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. Recently, he secured a $3.6M cooperative agreement with NSF to create one of six national experimental facilities to study infrastructure performance in natural hazards. Dr. Masters 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 Executive Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Infrastructure Resilience Division, the Board of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, and formerly on the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology, as an appointment by Gov. Rick Scott. Dr. Masters’ research has appeared on CNN, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, NPR, among others. He holds a University Research Foundation Professorship and is an Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow. 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.