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Dr. John Veenstra, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

Dr. John Veenstra


Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Iowa, 1979

M.S., Environmental Engineering
University of Iowa, 1976

B.S., Biology
Iowa State University, 1975

Current Research Projects

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering - National Science Foundation

Awards and Recognition

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, OSU Service and Learning Center, 2009
  • Sterling L. (Bud) Burks Award for Outstanding Environmental Research, 2009
  • Jack Edward McKee award from the Water Environmental Federation for outstanding achievement in groundwater protection, restoration or sustainable use; 2001
  • Halliburton Excellent Teacher Award, Oklahoma State University, 1992
  • Distinguished Service Resolution from Oklahoma State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, 1990
  • Halliburton Outstanding Young Faculty Award, Oklahoma State University, 1988

Professional Memberships

  • National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
  • American Academy of Environmental Engineers
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • Water Pollution Control Federation
  • National Research Council
  • American Water Works Association
  • National Society of Professional Engineers/OklahomaSPE
  • International Water Association

Professional Registrations

  • Registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma
  • Registered Sanitary and Civil Engineer in Iowa
  • Board Certified Environmental Engineer

Recent Publications

  • “Strengthening Conservation in the Tropics: The Water Canon of Cost Rica,” with F. Benavides, American Journal of Environmental Sciences , 5(2) 145-155 (2009)
  • “An Optimization Model for Design and Operation of Sequencing Batch Reactors,” with S. Velmurugan.  Proceeding of IWA 4th Sequencing Batch Reactor Technology Conference, April 7-10, 2008, Rome, Italy
  • “The Impact of Tropical Deforestation of River Chemical Pollution,” with F. Benavides.  Global NEST Journal, 7(2) 180-187 (2005)
  • “Reduction of VOC Emmissions from Paint-Booth Operations Using Dielectric Barrier Discharge,” with Gregory D. Holland, Arland H. Johannes, Gary L. Foutch, and Freddie Hall.  Proceeding of the 30th Environmental and Energy Symposium & Exhibition, April 5-7, 2004, San Diego, CA.
  • “Inpact of Net Pen Aquaculture on Lake Water Quality,” with S. Nolen, J. Carrol, and C. Ruiz.  Water Science and Technology, 47(12) 293-300 (2003)
  • “Field Inactivation of Oocysts Exposed to Argicultural Land,”,with P.J. Udeh and G. John.Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 142: 211-228 (2003)
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