David Rosowsky, Ph.D.
Vice president for research
David Rosowsky joined Kansas State University as vice president for research in July 2021. As VPR, Rosowsky serves as the university’s chief research officer, providing leadership and expertise in fostering a campus environment that promotes collaborative, interdisciplinary efforts and produces high-quality research and scholarly work. Rosowsky encourages and facilitates the integration and enhancement of research, scholarly and creative activities across the university’s colleges and multiple research centers and leads universitywide strategic research growth activities. Additionally, Rosowsky serves as chair of the board of directors for K-State Innovation Partners, K-State’s hub of corporate engagement, technology commercialization and economic development.
Prior to joining K-State, Rosowsky served as provost and senior vice president at the University of Vermont from 2013-2019, where he drove significant growth in the research enterprise, the launch of several new transdisciplinary centers and institutes, and the creation of a universitywide innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Since 1990, 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 behavior of the built environment subject to natural hazards; modeling and analysis of load effects on buildings and other structures with particular emphasis on complex environmental phenomena; and 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.
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 master’s 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.
Rosowsky 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 Institute.