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Michael K. Stenstrom, Ph.D., P.E.     

Professor
5714 Boelter Hall
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593
stenstro@seas.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-1408      Fax: (310) 206-2222
 
 Education
B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, (1971), Clemson University
M.S., Environmental Systems Engineering (1972), Clemson University
Ph.D., Environmental Systems Engineering (1976), Clemson University
 Selected Awards and Honors
ASCE Fellow and Honorary Member, Water Environment Federation Fellow
AEESP Frederick George Pohland Award for Sustained and Outstanding Efforts to Bridge Environmental Engineering Research, Education and Practice
Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, Water Quality Award, 2005
Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, Innovation in Water Quality, 2002
DOW Chemical Company, Environmental Care Award, 1996
Water Environment Federation, Harrison Prescott Eddy Research Medal, 1992
Board Certified Environmental Engineer, American Academy of Environmental Engineers, 1989
ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, 1989
AEESP/Engineering Science  Award for the best doctoral thesis relevant to sanitary engineering  practice, 1975
High Honors Undergraduate,Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, Chi Epsilon, Undergraduate Scholarships,NSF graduate fellowship, 1969
 Research Interests
  My research interests center around process development for water and wastewater treatment systems, including mathematical modeling and optimization. More recently I have applied these mathematical techniques to urban runoff and stormwater issues.
Recent experimental work has focused on estimating oxygen transfer in activated sludge plants, including high purity oxygen plants. Field studies are being conducted at plants to ascertain fine pore diffuser fouling rates and develop cleaning techniques. This work is coupled with theoretical and laboratory scale work to better determine the effects of surfactants on oxygen transfer through dynamic surface tension measurements.

My most recent funded research relates to energy conservation at water and wastewater treatment plants. We have developed a Windows-based tool for monitoring energy efficiency with the objective of helping plant managers identify cost-effective projects to conserve energy.

In the past several years, we have worked extensively with stormwater issues. We developed a model to predict pollutant emissions to Santa Monica Bay from non-point sources. We have also developed several non-point source pollutant controls and evaluated several commercially available units. Our largest  project evaluated  first flush runoff from California highways and resulted in analytical definitions of storm and seasonal first flush, as well as creating an extremely large data base of high runoff water quality. .
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