UF's Forrest Masters named to commission on hurricane loss projection

At left, Forrest James Masters, UF associate professor of civil and coastal engineering, works with meteorologist and on-air television personality Jim Cantore on a special live hurricane preparedness segment for The Weather Channel at the University of Florida Hurricane Research facility in this May 30, 2014 file photo.

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Published: Monday, June 23, 2014 at 4:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 23, 2014 at 4:55 p.m.

Forrest Masters has conducted field research on more than two dozen hurricanes, published papers about their impact on building materials, created hurricane hazard models and runs the hurricane simulator at the University of Florida.

He's explained hurricanes on television, and recently gave Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel a demonstration of UF's hurricane simulator, which is used to test construction materials and make Florida houses more safe.

So it makes sense that Masters, 37, an associate professor of civil and coastal engineering at UF, has been tapped to fill a vacancy on the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology.

"My background is wind engineering, with a focus on reducing the loss of property and life during extreme wind events," Masters said. "Most of my research addresses surface level winds in hurricanes and performance of low-rise buildings."

Gov. Rick Scott made the announcement Friday.

The Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology was created in 1995 as an independent board to develop standards and review models for projecting hurricane losses for use in the calculation of residential real estate insurance rates.

It is housed within the State Board of Administration. Travel reimbursement expenses and staff support are covered by the Hurricane Catastrophe Fund.

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