David P. Carter, P.E.

Partner + Principal Structural Engineer

Virginia Beach Office

David recently celebrated 10 years with SMF. He is known for his dependability and ingenuity when presented with complex engineering challenges. His experience spans a wide range of projects from the federal government to multi-family apartments/mixed-use, historic renovation/preservation, and industrial style projects.

David brings versatility to the SMF team through his expertise with DoD projects. He is proficient in employing Anti-Terrorism Force Protection and progressive collapse and blast analysis, has developed RFPs for new construction for Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) facilities, and has performed value engineering studies for United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). 

David became a partner in 2022 and continues to channel his creativity and reliability into strong leadership decisions for the firm. He is passionate about client relationships and fostering cross-disciplinary collaborations.


M.S. Civil Engineering, Clemson University

B.S. Engineering Science + Mechanics, Virginia Tech


Virginia Structural Engineers Council 

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)