Stein Sture is vice chancellor for research emeritus at the University of Colorado at Boulder, which is a position that he held between 2005-2015. Between spring 2009 and fall 2010, he served as interim provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. He also served as dean of the graduate school between 2005 and 2009. Sture is Huber and Helen Croft Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He has also served as associate dean for research in the College of Engineering and Applied Science and chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering. Between 1976 and 1980, he was on the faculty at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Sture received his education in public schools in Oslo, Norway, a degree in engineering mechanics from the Schous Institute of Technology, in Oslo, and three degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His fields of expertise are in the areas of experimental and analytical modeling in solid mechanics, geomechanics, computational geotechnics, and geotechnical engineering.
Sture has presented more than 40 plenary or keynote lectures at national and international conferences, and more than 50 invited lectures at universities, government laboratories and industrial institutions. He has served as a consultant to nearly 35 public and private organizations and has served as organizer and general chair of seven major national and international scientific and engineering conferences, as well as organizing 12 national-level workshops and short courses.
He served as elected national director of the American Society of Civil Engineers; chair of the Engineering Mechanics Division; governor of the Engineering Mechanics Institute, ASCE; member of the Board of Governors, of the Geo-Institute of ASCE; and on the U.S. National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. He has received ASCE’s Walter Huber Research Prize, the Richard Torrens Awards, the CU-Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science’s Research Award, and the Max Peters Service Award. He is a member of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Research Committee.