David V. Rosowsky is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He served as Provost and Senior Vice President of the University of Vermont from 2013 to 2019. Dr. Rosowsky came to UVM from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he served as Dean of Engineering. Prior to that, he served as Head of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, where he also held the A.P. and Florence Wiley Chair in Civil Engineering.

Dr. Rosowsky earned BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Tufts University, and a PhD in civil engineering from Johns Hopkins University. A recognized expert in structural reliability, design for natural hazards, stochastic modeling of structural and environmental loads, and probability based codified design, Dr. Rosowsky has authored or co-authored more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 140 papers appearing in conference proceedings. He has been invited to present his research work around the world including invited lecturers in France, Italy, 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 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 maintains an active research program in wind and earthquake engineering and continues to supervise graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

He is a registered Professional Engineer (Texas, inactive), and holds the rank of Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute.


Mudd, L., Rosowsky, D., Letchford, C. and Lombardo, F. (2016), “A Joint Probabilistic Wind-Rainfall Model for Tropical Cyclone Hazard Characterization,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering.

Wang, Y. and Rosowsky, D.V. (2016), “Joint Earthquake-Snow Hazard Characterization and Fragility Analysis of Wood-frame Structures,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering.

Wang, Y. and Rosowsky, D.V. (2017), “Hazard-based Hurricane Loss Estimation Considering Storm Intensity, Size, and Sea-Surface Temperature Change,” Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure.

Roohi, M., Hernandez, E.M., and Rosowsky, D.V. (2018), “Estimation of Element-by-Element Demand-to-Capacity Ratios in Instrumented SMRF Buildings Using Measured Seismic Response,” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics.

Rosowsky, D.V. (2019), “Hurricane Hazard and Loss Characterization Including Effects of Projected Sea Surface Temperature Rise,” invited chapter, special volume on Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, Routledge.

Rosowsky, D.V. (2019), “Defining Resilience,” Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Structural Reliability, Performance of Wood Structural Systems, Design for Natural Hazards, Stochastic Modeling of Structural and Environmental Loads, Probability-Based Codified Design, Wind and Earthquake Engineering


  • Civil Engineering, B.S., M.S.,Tufts University
  • Civil Engineering, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University


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