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David Prevatt

Kisinger Campo & Associates Term Professor Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering
Office 475E Weil Hall Work Phone: 352-294-7798 Website: Google Scholar page


For over twenty years, Dr. Prevatt’s research addresses the widening gap between poor performance of residential structures in high wind events and the limited structural engineering within these structures. His research identifies engineering solutions that reduces wind damage to buildings from tornadoes and hurricanes. Through field assessment after events, laboratory experimental research and analysis Dr. Prevatt is advanced knowledge for resilient and sustainable structures.

Primary Research Area

Structural Engineering

Research Interests

Structural engineering, wind engineering, structural load paths, natural hazards (hurricane and tornado damage mitigation)


B.S., University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
M.S., Clemson University
Ph.D., Clemson University

Awards & Distinctions

  • 2017, Doctoral Dissertation Advisor / Mentoring Award, UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
  • 2014, Faculty Mentor Research Award, UF Civil & Coastal Engineering
  • 2012, Silver Medal for Engineering, National Institute for Higher Education & Research, the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago


  • PE
  • F.SEI
  • F.ASCE