Steven Safferman

Steven Safferman

Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering

Associate Professor

Telephone: 517-432-0812

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

MSU Extension

Associate Professor

Telephone: 517-432-0812


Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati
M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Cincinnati

Seven 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. 

Safferman teaches BAE's first technical course on basic engineering analysis of biological systems and an advanced water resource recovery class, jointly with the Department of Civil and 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.

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Safferman's areas of expertise include:

  • 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.

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