Posted on May 27, 2014 in Campus News and News
After 45 years of teaching, mentoring and leading the School of Engineering at KU, Professor Stan Rolfe has retired.
Rolfe joined the University in 1969 and served as chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering from 1975 to 1998. During that time, he worked closely with alumni to strengthen programs and raise funds. In July 2012 he was appointed interim dean and provided strong leadership and guidance to the engineering school.
“It has been a really fantastic 45 years. I’ve enjoyed it,” Rolfe said during a retirement celebration May 23. “My family has been supportive and it’s just been a great time.”
“Stan is one of the few people who have defined the engineering profession, so it has been a truly unique privilege to work with him,” said Adolfo Matamoros, professor of civil and environmental engineering. “Many faculty members look to him for leadership because they trust the fact that Stan will look out for them, give them advice to better their careers and to improve upon themselves.”
Rolfe earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining KU, he worked at U.S. Steel, serving as division chief of the material behavior division at the company’s Applied Research Laboratory in Monroeville, Pa.