Steven Safferman


Dr. Safferman conducts research on treatment trains to minimize and treat wastes including those originating from animal agriculture and food processing, the conversion of high energy waste to biogas that serves as a renewable energy source, and novel reactor designs such as anaerobic membrane systems and fluidized bed reactors. He lead the development of modeling and evaluating techniques for anaerobic digestion systems including empirically screening feedstock to estimate energy potential, conducting biogas potential assays, conducting bench-scale treatability testing, evaluating novel farm-scale technologies, and developing decision support guidance. Teaching activities include the coordination and team teaching of three required Department classes and an interdisciplinary sustainability class in the Honors College.

Larson, R. A., Safferman, S.I. (2008). Storm Water Best Management Practices That Maximize Aquifer Recharge. Journal of Green Building, 3(1), 126-138
Safferman, S. I., Novellino, M. I., Burks, B. D., and Parker, R. A. (2006). Maximizing Total Nitrogen Removal from On-Site Generated Wastewater. Journal of Environmental Health, 68(6), 25-32
Krou, J. F., Fox, J., and Safferman, S. I. (2006). Separating Fine and Coarse Soil Particles in a Fluidized Bed Reactor Designed for Soil Washing. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 132(10), 1307 -1313
Safferman, S. I., Burks, B., and Parker, R. A. (2004). Carbon and Nutrient Removal from On-Site Wastewater using Suspended Growth and Ion Exchange. Water Environment Research, 76(5), 404-412
Principal Investigator, Educational Collaborative on Sustainable Environmental and Agricultural Management , Principal Investigator, Waste Biomass Energy Inventory to Support Renewable Energy Development, Director, Michigan State University Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center MSU ADRE Center, Principal Investigator, Waste Biomass Anaerobic Digestion Biogas Potential in Support of Renewable Energy Development, Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental Engineering