Dr. David Rosowsky served for three years (2021-2024) as Vice President for Research (VPR) at Kansas State University. As VPR, Rosowsky served 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 encouraged and facilitated the integration and enhancement of research, scholarly and creative activities across the university’s colleges and multiple research centers and leads university-wide strategic research growth activities. Additionally, Rosowsky chaired 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 university-wide 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 160 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), the ASCE Norman Medal, and the ASCE Ernest E. Howard Award.

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.


“The Scoop on K-State,” Episode 3: David Rosowsky, March 2024
Presentation at First Tuesday university-wide leadership meeting, March 2024
Op-ed: “And what about research? Unpacking our federal commitment to agriculture research and facilities,” August 2023
“Investing in faculty, facilities, and our future: Strategic plan and research growth plan,” September 2023
Op-ed: “K-State fusing research to economic development in the state,” March 2023
Pre-game interview of D. Rosowsky by Wyatt Thompson, February 2023
Testimony to the Kansas House Committee on Commerce, Labor, and Economic Development, January 2023
Halftime interview of D. Rosowsky by Wyatt Thompson, October 2022
“Ready to talk about research,” K-Stater magazine, Summer 2022
“Telling our story: Value, impact, and importance of land-grant universities,” K-State Libraries Lecture Series, April 2022
Pre-game interview of D. Rosowsky by Wyatt Thompson, February 2022

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For more information on specific initiatives launched/led and results achieved during his time as VPR at Kansas State University, contact Dr. Rosowsky.