Steven I. Safferman, PhD, PE

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Steven Safferman
Research Interest: 
Environment and Energy: Conversion of Waste to Resources; Water Resource Recovery
Professional Title: 
Associate Professor

524 S. Shaw Lane
212 Farrall Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824


Dr. Safferman has research, teaching, and extension appointments.  His research entails evaluating and/or developing wastewater treatment systems, waste to resource technologies, decision support models, and practices to retain nutrients in soil to maximize beneficial plant uptake.  He teaches the Department’s first technical course on basic engineering analysis of biological systems and an advanced water resource recovery class, jointly with the Department of Environmental Engineering.  He also teaches interdisciplinary sustainability classes in the Honors College.  His extension program entails, in part, facilitating an online professional continuing education onsite wastewater class and team teaching in the Extension Water School program.

Publications and Grants

PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati
MS, Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati
BS, Civil Engineering, University of Cincinnati

Current and Recent Funded Research Topics

  • New Energy Development using Blended Feedstocks in Anaerobic Digesters:  Decision Support Tools
  • Fate and Transport of Phosphorus Applied to Agricultural Land
  • Phosphorus Recovery from Waste Streams Using Engineered Media
  • Wastewater Treatment using a Constructed Cold Weather Wetland
  • Land Application of Wastewater