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

Environmental Engineering

5714 Boelter Hall
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593

Phone: (310) 825-1408
Fax: (310) 206-2222

Personal Website


Ph.D., Environmental Systems Engineering (1976), Clemson University
M.S., Environmental Systems Engineering (1972), Clemson University
B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, (1971), Clemson University

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 largestĀ  project evaluatedĀ  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.

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