Wil Srubar

Dr. Wil V. Srubar III leads the Living Materials Laboratory at the University of Colorado Boulder and advanced materials R&D initiatives at KATERRA. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Concrete Institute, and he is a LEED Accredited Professional. Dr. Srubar is a co-founding chair of the Embodied Carbon Network.

Dr. Srubar received his PhD in structural engineering and materials science from Stanford University in 2013. He received his BS degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University with a concentration in structural engineering and architectural history in 2006. He obtained his MS degree in 2008 from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied materials science, structural engineering, and sustainable architecture. His industry experience includes advanced materials R&D, structural engineering design and analysis, facility asset management, and environmental sustainability consulting.

Dr. Srubar directs the Living Materials Laboratory at the University of Colorado. His research integrates biology, polymer science, and cement chemistry to create novel biomimetic and living material technologies for the built environment. His investigations are motivated by two main classes of problems, namely water (manipulating and controlling phase changes and transport) and carbon (reducing carbon footprints and enhancing carbon sequestration). He focuses experimental efforts on elucidating fundamental process-structure-property relationships and computational efforts on transport phenomena, service-life modeling, and life cycle assessment. To date, he has received over $6.7M in sponsored research funding. He has published >45 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings, and he holds two US patents. He teaches courses in materials science, mechanics, sustainability, and structural engineering.