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About Daniel B. Oerther

Daniel B. Oerther joined the faculty of the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2010 after serving on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati for ten years, where he was most recently the Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Ohio Center of Excellence in Sustainable Urban Environments. He currently the John A. and Susan Mathes Chair of Environmental Engineering, and he is a Jefferson Science Fellow of the National Academies. Dan describes himself as an American social entrepreneur and Professor of Environmental Engineering solving WaSH, food and nutrition security, and extreme poverty.
Board Certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, and licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio, Dan earned a B.A. in Biology and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering both from Northwestern University. He also holds a M.S. in Environmental Engineering and an earned Doctorate in Environmental Engineering both from the University of Illinois.Dan has completed additional graduate work in Microbial Ecology (Marine Biology Laboratory), Public Health (Bloomberg School at Johns Hopkins), and Public Administration (Indiana University).Dan is an internationally recognized scholar for his work in environmental biotechnology and sustainable development with more than 100 peer reviewed publications, numerous articles in the popular press and invited oral presentations, and more than 50 funded research projects worth nearly $20 million.

Dr. Oerther was elected incoming president of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES). He will serve as vice president in 2020, president-elect in 2021, president in 2022, and past-president in 2023.

Dr. Oerther was elevated as a Diplomate of the American Academy of Sanitarians (D.AAS). Diplomate status recognizes “leadership and outstanding competence among credentialed environmental health practitioners.” Since its creation in 1956, fewer than 750 environmental health practitioners have been recognized with Diplomate status. Oerther will use his elevated status to support his teaching of environmental health engineering at Missouri S&T and his ongoing community-based participatory research promoting food safety, nutrition and food security to prevent childhood stunting in developing communities.

Dr. Oerther also has been registered as a chartered environmentalist by the Society for the Environment of the United Kingdom. Chartered environmentalist, identified through the regulated use of the post nominal CEnv, represents knowledgeable, experienced, competent and committed environmental professionals. Dr. Oerther achieved his registration through examination by a panel of chartered environmentalist of the UK Society of Environmental Engineers. The standard for obtaining the designation of CEnv includes established proven knowledge, experience, and commitment to professional standards of professional discipline. Dr. Oerther sought registration as a CEnv to support his partnerships with firms in the UK and the British Overseas Territories, including within the Caribbean.

Dr. Oerther was elected deputy chair of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) in the United Kingdom and will serve a three-year term through December 2023.


2020 - Present Appointed Member, Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission
2014 - Present Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State
2014 - Present Jefferson Science Fellow, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
2010 - Present Professor and John A. and Susan Mathes Endowed Chair of Environmental Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
2021 - 2023 Deputy Chair, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)
2000 - 2009 Faculty Member, University of Cincinnati ‐ Civil and Environmental Engineering

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 - Present Trustee, 3 year term, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), United Kingdom
2020 - Present Treasurer, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing Building Corporation
2017 - Present Diplomate, American Academy of Sanitarians
2017 - Present Chartered environmentalist, Society for the Environment of the United Kingdom
2020 Vice President, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES)
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Honors and Awards

  • Professional Engineer with a license to practice in the State of Ohio
  • Board Certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES)
  • CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (2003)
  • Fulbright Scholar Award to India (2005)
  • The inaugural Fulbright-ALCOA Distinguished Chair to Brazil (2012)
  • Elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) as well as to the Board of Trustees of the AAEES
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Engineering and Science Education from AEESP (2004)
  • Excellence in Environmental Engineering Education Award jointly from AEESP and AAEES (2014)
  • Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State (2015)
  • 2019 Robert G. Quinn Award, ASEE (2019)
  • 2019 Education Excellence Award, National Society of Professional Engineers
  • 2019 C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship Award
  • 2019 Environmentalist of the Year Award finalist
  • Fellow of the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE), United Kingdom


2002 PhD, University of Illinois
1998 MS, University of Illinois ‐ Environmental Engineering
1995 BS, Northwestern University ‐ Environmental Engineering
1995 BA, University of Northwestern ‐ Biological Sciences

Contact Information

220 Butler-Carlton Hall
1401 N. Pine St.
Rolla, MO 65409-0030

Phone: (573) 341-6072


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