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CEnv Profile | Daniel Oerther CEnv, Professor of Environmental Engineering

An American science diplomat, social entrepreneur, and Professor of Environmental Engineering, Dan believes in acting locally while maintaining a global outlook.

In the US, he’s a Professional Engineer and Board Certified in Environmental Engineering by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, where he currently serves as President. In the UK, he’s a Chartered Engineer. Dan holds Chartered Environmentalist status through the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE), where he is recognized as a Fellow of the SOE. Dan believes in the value of professional accreditation to grow his professional network, and to increase his credibility throughout the Commonwealth and around the world as he creates and shares knowledge of good environmental practice for the public benefit.

Dan’s research and teaching at the university and his professional practice as an Environmental Engineer aim to promote sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) and support food and nutrition security and safety in developing communities in the US and around the world – including in Brazil, Ghana, India, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania. In particular, he has worked in partnership with local communities, civil society, corporations and government to address the pervasive issue of childhood stunting – low height for age – among the non-Spanish speaking indigenous peoples living in rural villages throughout the Western Highlands of Guatemala. His approach to convergence research – solving the pressing societal challenge of childhood stunting through the integration of diverse disciplines with an eye towards sustainability – has been recognized with awards from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, the American Academy of Sanitarians, the American Academy of Nursing, the American Water Works Association, and the Water Environment Federation.

As an advocate for interprofessional collaboration around the world, Dan is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.  He also is a Fellow and the Deputy Chair of the Board of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Through his extensive collaborations among professions – engineering, sanitation, nursing, and others – as well as his commitment to engage with professionals in the US as well as the UK, Dan has developed a unique global view to improve his implementation of best practices locally.

Profile correct as of June 2022

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