Stein Sture was appointed Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder in May, 2009. He served as Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School between August, 2007 and May, 2009, and he held the position on an interim basis between October 1, 2005 and July 15, 2006. He also holds the Huber and Helen Croft Endowed Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He has been a faculty member at CU Boulder since 1980. He has served as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (2002-2005). He has served as department chair in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering for nearly six years (1990-1991; 1994-1998). Between 1976 and 1980 he was on the faculty at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He received his education in public schools in Oslo, Norway, a degree in engineering mechanics at the Schous Institute of Technology, in Oslo, and three degrees at the University of Colorado, Boulder (PhD, 1976). His fields of expertise are in the areas of experimental and analytical modeling in solid mechanics, geomechanics, computational geotechnics, and geotechnical engineering. He has advised and graduated 34 PhD and 45 MS thesis students. He has authored or co-authored over 294 peer reviewed publications and 65 research reports. Between 1985 and 1986 he was a visiting professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, and the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, where he is a Jenkin Fellow in Engineering Sciences.
Professor Sture’s contributions are mainly in the areas of constitutive modeling of cementitious composites and geomaterials; nonlinear analysis of soil-structure interaction systems including earthquake-induced soil liquefaction mechanisms; modeling of bifurcation instabilities and localized deformations in single phase as well as fluid saturated porous media; development of explicit and implicit integration techniques for elastic-plastic pressure sensitive materials; large deformation analysis; and, fracture mechanics related to weakly cemented materials. Dr. Sture has presented over 40 plenary or keynote lectures at national and international conferences, and over 50 invited lectures at universities, government laboratories and industrial institutions. He has served as a consultant to nearly 30 public and private organizations including Lockheed-Martin, Martin-Marietta, NASA marshal Space Flight Center, Exxon Production Research Co., Shell Development Co., Federal Aviation Administration, Structural Reliability Technology, Inc., URS Woodward-Clyde consultants, United Nations Development Program, Veritas a/s, among others.
His service at the University of Colorado at Boulder is extensive and includes serving as Vice Chair, Boulder Faculty Assembly (2003-2005), Chair of the Budget and Planning Committee (2001-2003), to name a few. His external service includes editorships of three major journals, as well as service on editorial boards. He has served as organizer and general chair of seven major national and international scientific and engineering conferences. In terms of professional outreach he has organized 12 national-level workshops and short courses. He served as elected national Director of the American Society of Civil Engineers (2003-2006); Chair of the Engineering Mechanics Division, Governor Engineering Mechanics Institute, ASCE; Board of Governors, of the Geo-Institute of ASCE, and the U.S. National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (1997 -2005). He is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics. He has received ASCE’s Walter Huber Research Prize (1990), and Richard Torrens Awards (2000), and CU-Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science’s Research Award (1992), and Max Peters Service Award (2002).