Daniel Barton Oerther (born October 11, 1972) is an American science diplomat, social entrepreneur, and professor of environmental health engineering who advocates for the use of Ernst Boyer's four models of scholarship in higher education, namely: discovery; integration; engagement; and teaching and learning. He is best known for the use of 16S ribosomal RNA-targeted techniques for fundamental studies of the ecology of bacteria in engineered and natural systems; adapting healthcare's approach to structured reviews to support evidence-base engineering practice; using community-based participatory research to create and evaluate programs and policies to improve access to clean water, nutritious food, and energy efficiency in developing communities; and for innovation within and beyond the classroom including blended, flipped, and mastery pedagogy to increase the time for active learning with students.
Professor Oerther earned his BA in biology, and his BS, MS, and PhD in environmental health engineering. His postgraduate studies include microbial ecology, environmental health, public health, and public administration. From 2000 through 2009, he was a member of the faculty of the University of Cincinnati. He joined the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2010 as the John A. and Susan Mathes Chair, and he joined the US Department of State in 2014 as a senior science advisor to the Secretary's Office of Global Food Security.
Professor Oerther's credentials include: Professional Engineer (PE) in DC, MO, OH; Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) and Board Certified Environmental Scientist (BCES) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists; Chartered Engineer (CEng) in the United Kingdom; Certified Environmental Health Specialist (CEHS) in Missouri; Diplomate of the American Academy of Sanitarians (DAAS); Certified Environmental Professional (CEP, via eminence) of the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals; and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) in the United Kingdom.
Professor Oerther's leadership experiences, include:
- 1) Academic appointments: Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati; Founding Co-Director, Ohio Center of Excellence in Sustaining the Urban Environment; Chair, Faculty Senate Budget Committee, University of Cincinnati; Director, Environmental Research Center, Missouri S&T; Founding Director, Science Diplomacy Lab, Missouri S&T; Faculty Senator, Missouri S&T; Member, Strategic Planning Committee, Missouri S&T; Secretary, Graduate Faculty, Missouri S&T;
- 2) Professional society appointments: Director and Chief Information Officer, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors; Trustee, Treasurer, President, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists; Chair, Engineering and Public Policy Division, American Society for Engineering Education; Trustee and Treasurer, Sigma Theta Tau Building Corporation; Trustee, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health; Trustee, CIEH Welfare Fund; President, Cincinnati Chapter of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers; Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental Engineering; Associate Editor, Water Environment Research journal; International Editorial Advisory Board, Perspectives in Public Health journal;
- 3) Political Appointments: Member, Climate Protection Steering Committee, City of Cincinnati, Ohio; Member, Green Practices Commission, City of University City, Missouri; Member, Missouri Board of Certification for Environmental Health Professionals; Vice Chair, Phelps County Extension Council, Missouri; Gubernatorial Nominee, Missouri Board of Nursing;