University of Florida
University of Florida
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
I grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where I experienced firsthand both the beauty as well as the destructive power of nature from an early age. I was only an infant when Hurricane Hugo made landfall on the island as a strong Category 3 storm. Little did I know that this was only the first of many encounters with these extreme weather events. I later moved to the west coast of the island to attend the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez where I worked on the validation of ground-level wind forecasting models. At the University of Florida (and as a postdoc at the University of Maryland) I was involved in several field experiments during landfalling hurricanes to characterize the near-surface wind field, including Hurricanes Matthew, Harvey, Irma, and Florence. More broadly, my research to date applies experimental techniques, computational modeling, design optimization, and cyber-physical methods to enhance the performance of civil infrastructure under wind hazards. In my spare time I enjoy golfing, listening to music, watching sports, and spending time with my fiancée.
- Cyber-physical modeling of civil infrastructure performance under wind and other natural hazards
- Stochastic optimization of structural efficiency and performance of civil infrastructure
- Characterization of wind-induced loads on building structures through boundary layer wind tunnel modeling
- Behavior of extreme near-surface winds in the tropical cyclone atmospheric boundary layer
- National Science Foundation (NSF); Bridge to the Doctorate Fellow; 2013–2015
- International Code Council (ICC) Scholarship; Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH); 2016
- Graduate Outstanding Student Award; Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment (ESSIE); University of Florida; Civil Engineering; 2017
Fernández-Cabán, P.L., and Masters, F.J. (2018). "Effects of Freestream Turbulence on the Pressure Acting on a Low-Rise Building Roof in the Separated Flow Region." Frontiers in Built Environment 4:17.
Fernández-Cabán, P.L., and Masters, F.J. (2017). "Near surface wind longitudinal velocity positively skews with increasing aerodynamic roughness length." Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 169:94-105.
Fernández-Cabán, P.L., and Masters, F.J. (2018). "Hybridizing particle swarm and big bang-big crunch optimization methods to explore then exploit the design domain of large planar frame structures." Computers & Structures 202:1-14.
Whiteman, M.L., Phillips, B.M., Fernández-Cabán, P.L., Masters, F.J., Bridge, J.A., and Davis, J.R. (2018). "Optimal design of structures using cyber-physical wind tunnel experiments with mechatronic models." Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 172:441-452.
Whiteman, M.L., Fernández-Cabán, P.L., Phillips, B.M., Masters, F.J., Bridge, J.A., and Davis, J.R. (2018). "Multi-Objective Optimal Design of a Building Envelope and Structural System Using CyberPhysical Modeling in a Wind Tunnel." Frontiers in Built Environment 4:13.
Fernández-Cabán, P.L., Masters, F.J., Phillips, B.M. (2018) "Predicting roof pressures on a low-rise structure from freestream turbulence using artificial neural networks." Frontiers in Built Environment 4:68.
Zhang, R., Phillips, B.M., Fernández-Cabán, P.L., Masters, F. J. (2019) "Cyber-physical optimization using real-time hybrid simulation." Engineering Structures 195:113-124.
Fernández-Cabán, P.L., Alford, A., Bell, M., Biggerstaff, M.I., Carrie, G.D., B. H., Kosiba, K., Phillips, B.M., Schroeder, J.L., Waugh, S.M., Williford, C.E., Wurman, J., Masters, F.J. (2018) "Observing Hurricane Harvey’s Eyewall at Landfall." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS).