Oerther, Daniel B.
 Civil, Arch & Environ Engr
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 211 Civil Engineering
 ROLLA, MO 65409

University of Illinois, Urbana, Doctor of Philosophy, 2002

CAREER; U of Cincinnati President's Excellence Award; Mathes Chair; STTI Lifetime Member; Fulbright Distinguished Chair; Dentel/AEESP Award; Fellow, American Academy Nursing; Missouri System President's Cross Cultural Engagement Award; Pohland Medal

Daniel B. Oerther, PhD, PE, BCEE, CEng, CEHS, M.CIEH, F.AAN, F.RSA, F.RSPH(1) is a professor of environmental health engineering working collaboratively across the disciplines of engineering, healthcare, science, finance, and policy to advance risk analysis protecting human health and the environment at the nexus of water and food through evidence-based practice - including design thinking, systems engineering, and community-based participatory research - with the overarching goal of eliminating relative extreme poverty locally to globally through sustainable development.

As a professor, Oerther is a passionate advocate for inductive learning approaches including service and project-based learning. He pioneered the combination of a flipped classroom, blended learning, and mastery assessment to create co-learner environments where professors and students explore the fundamentals and the practice of environmental engineering and science.

As a professional, Oerther pushes for licensure, credentialing, and peer-regulation among practitioners as a means of ensuring the safety, health, and welfare of the public we serve.

As a social entrepreneur, Oerther promotes the triple bottom line of prosperity, people, and the planet through free-market capitalism, partnerships, and innovation.

Oerther earned his BA in biological sciences and his BS in environmental health engineering from Northwestern University. He earned his MS and his PhD in environmental health engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Since completing his doctorate, he has studied microbial ecology at the Marine Biology Laboratory, environmental health at the University of Cincinnati, public health at The Johns Hopkins University, and public administration at Indiana University, Bloomington. Oerther was on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati from 2000 through 2009, including as head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has been on the faculty of the Missouri University of Science and Technology since 2010 including as the John A. and Susan Mathes Missouri Chair of Civil Engineering. Since 2014, Oerther has been retained as a Foreign Affairs Officer providing advice on environment, science, technology, and health at the United States Department of State.

Highly cited publications include:
- Alm, et al, 1996, The Oligonucleotide Probe Database, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 62:3557
- Choi, et al, 2005, Influence of Cross-Flow Velocity on Membrane Performance During Filtration of Biological Suspension, Journal of Membrane Science, 248:189
- Choi, et al, 2005, Effect of Permeate Flux and Tangential Shear on Membrane Fouling for Wastewater Treatment, Separation and Purification Technology, 45:68
- Saikaly, et al, 2005, Use of 16S rRNA Gene Terminal Restriction Fragment Analysis to Assess the Impact of Solids Retention Time on the Bacterial Diversity of Activated Sludge, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 71(10):5814
- Lamendella, et al, 2011, Comparative Fecal Metagenomics Unveils Unique Functional Capacity of the Swine Gut, BMC Microbiology, 11(1):103

(1) Professional Engineer (PE) in DC, MO, and OH; Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES); Chartered Engineer (CEng), Engineering Council of the United Kingdom; Certified Environmental Health Specialist (CEHS), Missouri Board of Certification of Environmental Health Professionals; Member Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (M.CIEH); Fellow (F.AAN), American Academy of Nursing; Fellow (F.RSA), Royal Society of Arts; Fellow (F.RSPH), Royal Society for Public Health

Research Interests
environmental biotechnology, urban sustainability, global development