Dr. Wil V. Srubar III

Wil V. Srubar III, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Materials Science

University of Colorado

Nominated for Pritzker Award by James Ricci (2023)

Dr. Wil V. Srubar III is an associate professor of civil and architectural engineering and materials science at the University of Colorado, where he leads the Living Materials Laboratory. Srubar holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University as well as B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin, respectively. His research integrates biology with polymer science and cement chemistry to create low-carbon, biomimetic and living material technologies for the built environment. To date, his laboratory has received over $12 million in sponsored research funding through the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL), ARPA-E and DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office.

He is a recipient of Engineering News Record’s Top 25 Newsmaker Award, the NSF CAREER Award and the American Ceramic Society’s (ACerS) Cements Division Early Career Award. He has authored over 100 technical journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings, and his work has been highlighted in The New York Times, National Public Radio and The Washington Post. He remains actively involved in leadership positions for the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the ACerS Cements Division and ASCE’s Architectural Engineering Institute. Srubar is also co-founder of three startup companies, Prometheus Materials, Minus Materials and Aureus Earth, all of which focus on advancing the science and application of novel biological and living materials for decarbonizing the construction industry.