Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Reston, Va.—Stein Sture, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was recently named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE’s highest accolade, distinguished membership recognizes eminence in a branch of engineering, and is currently comprised of only 192 of the Society’s 144,000 members worldwide. Sture will be formally inducted, in honor of his contributions to geo-technical engineering, at the Celebration of Leaders luncheon during ASCE’s 140th Annual Civil Engineering Conference in Las Vegas, which will be held from October 21 to 23, 2010.
ASCE is recognizing Sture for his eminence in the fields of fracture mechanics, constitutive modeling of cementitious composites and geo-mechanics, and non-linear analysis and computational techniques related to granular materials and soil-structure interaction, as well as for his exemplary career as an educator.
Sture has conducted seminal work on constitutive relationships for geotechnical and cementitious materials. The implementation of which in computational techniques has led to better predictions of the behavior of complex natural settings.
His academic career spans nearly 35 years, beginning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In 1980, Sture joined the faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder. During his 30 years at the University, Sture has also been a visiting professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and at the University of Oxford in England where he was a Jenkin Fellow in Engineering Sciences. Currently, in addition to serving as interim provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Sture also holds the Huber and Helen Croft Endowed Professorship in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Sture is an active member of the civil engineering community. He has served ASCE in numerous capacities, including as president of the Colorado section, director of District 16 and chair of the ASCE Region 7 Formation Team. He is currently a governor of the Engineering Mechanics Institute and a member of the ASCE Technical Region Board of Governors.
A prolific writer, Sture has authored or co-authored more than 400 papers and research reports. He has also served as a consultant for nearly 30 public and private organizations including Lockheed Martin, NASA, Shell, the Federal Aviation Administration and the United Nations Development Program.
Sture has bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He also has a degree in engineering mechanics from the Schous Institute of Technology in Oslo. Sture currently resides in Boulder, Colo.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 144,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.