Steven 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.
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.
Publications and Grants
Scale-up facilities increase opportunities for MSU researchers
Published on September 14, 2021
Low Cost Vertical Flow Constructed Wetland Wastewater Treatment System for Small Wineries
Published on May 21, 2019
In motion: Improving water quality through better land management
Published on July 24, 2015
MSU AgBioResearch scientist helps devise method to remove phosphorus from wastewater
Published on August 20, 2012
Where’s the waste?
Published on June 4, 2012
Waste-to-Energy Research and Teaching Facility Opens
Published on August 10, 2010