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Oklahoma State University

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

Professor & Head
Biosystems Engineering
Office: 111 Ag Hall
Phone: 405-744-5431



  • Ph.D. - Civil & 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)