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Susan Masten

Susan Masten




  • BSBC, Fairleigh Dickenson University, 1979
  • MSE, WVU, 1981
  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Harvard University, 1986

Dr. Susan J. Masten is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan State University. She is a registered professional engineer in Michigan.

Dr. Masten received her B.S. in biochemistry from Fairleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck, NJ in 1979, her M.S.E. in Environmental Engineering from West Virginia University in 1981, and her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Harvard University in 1986. Following that she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia and a research scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency Laboratory in Ada, Oklahoma, before moving to Michigan State University to assume a faculty position.

She is a honor member of Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lyman A. Ripperton Award from the Air and Waste Management Association (2013), Excellence in Teaching Award (Great Lakes District Chi Epsilon, 2013), and the Withrow Teaching Award from Michigan State University (2012).

She is the advisor to the MSU Environmental Engineering Student Society and the MSU Chapter of Engineers without Borders. She is also coauthor of the textbook, Principles of Environmental Engineering and Science, which is now in its 3rd edition.

Dr. Masten's research involves the use of chemical oxidants for the remediation of soils, water, and leachates contaminated with hazardous organic chemicals. She has worked extensively on the development of drinking water treatment technologies for the control of disinfection byproducts, nanoparticles, bromate, and pharmaceuticals in drinking water. She has published over 100 publications, holds three patents, and has graduated over 50 MS students and 12 PhD students.