College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Technology

Stephanie Lansing

Assistant Professor

Department of Environmental Science and Technology
1425 Animal Sci./Ag. Engr. Bldg.
College Park, MD 20742



Dr. Lansing’s research focus is agricultural and municipal waste treatment, anaerobic digestion design, microbial fuel cells and sustainable technologies for developing countries. With her laboratory group in the Water Quality and Waste to Energy Laboratory, her current research projects include small-scale digester designs for a variety of applications, co-digesting with food waste and cover crops, combining microbial fuel cells and anaerobic digestion for human wastewater through the Gates Foundation Grand Challenge, developing methanogeic inoculum for colder temperature digestion, use of biogas in solid oxide fuel cells, determining the relationship between methanogens, iron reducing bacteria and sulfate reducing bacteria, palm-oil wastewater digestion in West Africa, and digestion of algae from algal turf scrubbers. In addition, Dr. Lansing develops dynamic models of waste treatment systems, including ADM1 and incorporates life cycle assessment (LCA) and “emergy” into her research projects. She currently teaches classes at the University of Maryland in Renewable Energy, Ecological Design and Engineering, and Sustainable Technologies for Developing Countries.

  • The Ohio State University, Ph.D. Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, 2008. Dissertation: “Utilization and Optimization of Low-cost Digesters for Energy Production and Treatment of Livestock Wastewater.”
  • The Ohio State University, M.S. Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, 2005. Thesis: “Nutrient Removal and Indicators of Self-Organization in an Ecological Treatment System (ETS) for Dairy Wastewater.”
  • University of Oklahoma, B.S. Environmental Science, 2000. Honors Thesis: “Substrate Characteristics in Mine Drainage Wetlands.”
Awards & Honors: 
  • Outstanding Faculty Research Award, 2010. Department of Environmental Science and Technology, Univ. of Maryland.
  • University of Maryland Distinguished Research Recognition, 2010 and 2011. Presented every year to the top researchers in each college at the University of Maryland.
  • Ohio State University Mary S. Muellhaput Presidential Fellowship, 2008. Award: $21,850 + tuition and benefits. Role: Ohio State University Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.
  • American Society of Ecological Engineering Travel Award, 2008. Award: $300. Role: Graduate Student Travel Award.
  • Ohio Agricultural International Research & Development Fellow, 2004-2005. Award: $13,500 + tuition and benefits. Role: Ohio State University Graduate Student Fellowship.
  • Ohio State University Fellow, 2003-2004. Award: $12,000 + tuition and benefits. Role: Ohio State University Incoming Graduate Student Fellowship
  • Food, Ag. & Biological Engineering Graduate Student of the Year, 2007. Award: $500.
  • IEES Fulbright Fellowship Alternate (2007)
  • Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship Alternate (2007)
  • First place in Ohio State University’s Hayes Graduate Research Forum, 2006. Award: $800.
  • American Society of Ecological Engineering Travel Award, 2006. Award: $300.
  • Ohio State University Council of Graduate Students’ Ray Travel Award, 2005. Award: $100.
  • Ohio State University Council of Graduate Students’ Ray Travel Award, 2004. Award: $750.
  • First place in University of Oklahoma’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities’ Environmental Category, 2000
  • University of Oklahoma Environmental Science Student of the Year, 2000
  • Oklahoma Public Health Excellence Award, 2000. Role:  Leader and presenter for the University of Oklahoma’s Environmental Science and Engineering class project that received the award.
  • Rhodes Scholarship Regional Finalist – one of two Oklahoma representatives, 1999
Courses Taught: 

ENST 415/ENST 615/MEES 615 (3 credits)

An overview of renewable energy technologies, their current applications and design criteria. Emphasis is placed on bioenergy (anaerobic digestion, biodiesel, and ethanol) solar, and wind energy. Fall Semester.

ENST 481/ENST 681: Ecological Design (3 credits)

This is an advanced survey course on the field of ecological design and engineering. Principles of ecological engineering are applied through design of biologically-based waste treatment systems. Spring Semester.

ENST 689B: Sustainable Technologies for Developing Countries (1 credit)

A graduate course in sustainable technologies applicable to developing countries, such as Haiti. Appropriate sustainable technologies are reviewed. Proposal writing is integrated into the course through reviewing of NSF funded proposals in sustainable design and writing a modified NSF doctoral dissertation enhancement grant in sustainable design. Fall Semester.

ENST 470: ENST Senior Capstone (4 credits)

An undergraduate course in which the knowledge from their undergraduate program is applied in a real world ecological design and technology project. Lecture and lab. Fall Semester.

ENST 499: Special Topics in Natural Resource Science (3 credits)

In-depth study of special topics in Ecological Engineering and Renewable Energy through individual study Spring Semester 2009: Economics of Renewable Energy. Fall Semester 2009: Anaerobic Digestion of Palm Oil. Spring 2010: Energy Finance: Demand and Response. 

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