David Prevatt

University of Florida

David Prevatt is a professor at the University of Florida. After earning a master's and a PhD  from Clemson University, Prevatt joined the Boston-based consulting engineering firm, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. in 1998 and worked on building envelope system design and remediation projects for contemporary and historic buildings for seven years.  He earned his professional engineering licensure at SGH before joining Clemson University’s faculty in the civil engineering department for three years (2004-2007).  In 2007, Prevatt joined the University of Florida where he has grown his wind engineering research program focusing on mitigation of extreme wind damage to low-rise construction. For the past six years that research has focused on improving our understanding of tornadoes and developing the framework design of tornado-resilient structures and communities. This work has involved multi-disciplinary studies relating to the behavioral impacts of structural building failure in natural hazards.

Prevatt is recognized nationally and internationally for his work. He has received research awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and several state agencies and private entities. In 2012, he received the silver medal from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST)  for his contribution to engineering, and in 2017, he was elected to fellow status by American Society of Civil Engineers, where he serves on several committees including the Wind Load Task Committee and the Infrastructure and Research Policy Committee. He is a past director of the American Association for Wind Engineering. Prevatt is an active researcher, who has published two monographs and 80 articles, many in the top peer-reviewed journals in his field