Alyssa Egnew

Alyssa Egnew
Mentor: Dr. David Prevatt
College of Engineering
"I got involved with research because I wanted to explore my major and get a better understanding of what civil engineering is like outside of the classroom. So far it has been extremely helpful with getting to know the professors in my college, learning new skills that I would not have learned in a classroom setting, and expanding my understanding of this industry. I want to make a difference in this world while implementing my love for Jesus Christ and for physics, and this has been the perfect opportunity to do so!"


Civil Engineering



Research Interests

  • Tornado-resilient Structures
  • Failure Mechanisms
  • Tuscaloosa, AL and Joplin, MO

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • UF Presidential Platinum Scholarship
  • Florida Academic Scholars Award
  • National Naval Officers Association Scholarship
  • Rotary Scholarship


  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • ASCE
  • The Servant's House Ministries


  • Conversation Partner Program
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • UF Recruitment

Hobbies and Interests

  • Tennis
  • Speaking Spanish
  • Art of all media
  • Swing Dancing

Research Description

Analysis of Damage Patterns to Residential Structures after Tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, AL and Joplin, MO
I am part of a research team that is analyzing the structural damage data from the Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Joplin, Missouri tornadoes. This involves sorting through photos of the damage, the GPS coordinates and characteristics of the homes, their locations with respect to the tornado path, and the patterns between the observed failure mechanisms. This will allow for new, tornado-resilient designs to be made by targeting existing weak spots and designing effective retrofit measures.