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Dr. Rosowsky's Research

Since 1990, Dr. Rosowsky has conducted research in the areas of structural reliability, performance of wood structural systems, design for natural hazards, stochastic modeling of structural and environmental loads, and probability-based codified design. His current research addresses three topics: (1) behavior of the built environment subject to natural hazards, (2) modeling and analysis of load effects on buildings and other structures with particular emphasis on complex environmental phenomena, and (3) performance-based engineering for design, post-disaster condition assessment, and loss estimation studies. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Structural Safety and is a past editorial board member of the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering and the journal Natural Hazards Review.

Dr. Rosowsky has authored or co-authored more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 140 papers appearing in conference proceedings. A recognized expert in the field of structural reliability, he has been invited to present his research work around the world including invited lecturers in France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. He has supervised more than 20 Masters and Doctoral students. He is the recipient of the ASCE Walter L. Huber Research Prize, the T.K. Hseih Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), and the ASCE Norman Medal.

Dr. Rosowsky maintains an active research program in wind and earthquake engineering and continues to supervise graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. He is a member of numerous editorial boards, national technical committees, is a registered Professional Engineer, and holds the rank of Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institutute.

Selected Recent Papers (2013-2014):

van de Lindt, J.W., Rosowsky, D.V., Pang, W. and Pei, S. (2013), “Performance-Based Seismic Design of Mid-Rise Woodframe Buildings,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering.

Rosowsky, D.V. and Wang Y.. (2013), “Joint Wind-Snow Hazard Characterization for Reduced Reference Periods,” ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities.

Han, S.R., Guikema, S.D. and Rosowsky, D.V. (2013), “Integrating Models and Data to Estimate the Structural Reliability of Utility Poles During Hurricanes,” Risk Analysis.

Rosowsky, D.V. (2013), “Evolution of Probabilistic Analysis of Timber Structures from Second-Moment Reliability Methods to Fragility Analysis,” Structural Safety.

Wang, Y. and Rosowsky, D.V. (2013), “Characterization of Joint Wind-Snow Hazard for Performance-based Design,” Structural Safety.

Mudd, L., Wang, Y., Letchford, C. and Rosowsky, D. (2014), “Assessing Climate Change Impact on the US East Coast Hurricane Hazard: Temperature, Frequency, Track,” ASCE Natural Hazards Review.

Wang. Y. and Rosowsky, D.V. (2014), “Effects of Earthquake Ground Motion Selection and Scaling Method on Performance-based Engineering of Woodframe Structures,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering.

Mudd, L., Wang, Y., Letchford, C. and Rosowsky, D. (2014), “Hurricane Wind Hazard Assessment for Rapidly Warming Climate Scenario,” Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics.

Rosowsky, D.V., Discussion of “Professional Decisions, I: the Central Role of Models, and II: Responsibilities,” by D.G. Elms and C.B. Brown, Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems.

Recent Graduate Students and Post-doctoral Researchers:

Dr. Rosowsky has supervised more than 30 PhD students, masters students, and post-doctoral researchers since 1990, many of whom have gone on to pursue academic/research careers.

Current Research Collaborators (2014):

Wang Yue, Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Vermont
Frank Lombardo, Research Assistant Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Chris Letchford, Professor and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Eric Hernandez, Assistant Professor, University of Vermont
Lauren Mudd, Applied Risk Associates, Raleigh, NC

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