News | September 30, 2010

WEF Names UCLA Professor As Editor-In-Chief Of Water Environment Research

Source: Water Environment Federation (WEF) - WEFTEC

New appointment is an important step in strengthening WEF's investment in its respected peer-reviewed journal

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has named Michael K. Stenstrom, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, as Editor-in-Chief for its premier international research journal, Water Environment Research (WER). Stenstrom, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will be responsible for the overall editorial direction of the journal, as well as implementing enhancements to attract the highest quality water research from around the world.

"We are very pleased to bring on board an editor of Professor Stenstrom's caliber to lead WER into an exciting new direction," said WEF Executive Director Bill Bertera. "His extensive qualifications as an academic, engineer, and leading researcher combined with his clear vision for WER's future will help WEF partner with the research community to position our historic and highly respected research journal for future growth and success."

Published since 1928, WER features peer-reviewed research papers and research notes, as well as state-of-the-art and critical reviews on original, fundamental, and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality, pollution control, and management. Stenstrom's appointment is an important step in WEF's planned investment in WER.

"I am very pleased to become chief editor," Stenstrom said. "I will do my best to guide WER to become the premier journal in water and wastewater treatment, with greater impact and more rapid publication."

As a tenured member of UCLA's distinguished faculty, Stenstrom has spent the majority of his 35-year career as a researcher at the university's School of Engineering and Applied Science. After earning a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University (Clemson, S.C.), he worked for two years as a research engineer and project manager for Amoco Oil Co. (Naperville, Ill.) before joining UCLA as an assistant professor at the School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1977. Since then, he has steadily risen within the department as an associate professor, academic director of SEASnet (School of Engineering and Applied Science Network), and the assistant dean for the school's Computing Resources. A Distinguished Professor within the department since 2006, he currently teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Stenstrom's extensive editorial background includes having authored or co-authored 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals (including 37 in WER), authored or co-authored more than 50 technical reports, presented or co-authored 279 papers at field-related conferences and seminars, developed 70 research grants and contracts, as well as serving as a WER editor since 2001 and as chair of the WER Board of Editorial Review since 2006. He also has received numerous water quality awards, holds five patents, and is a member of WEF and many other water quality organizations. He has been a registered professional civil engineer in the State of California since 1982 and has been a board-certified environmental engineer of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers since 1989.

As WER's Editor-in-Chief, Stenstrom will be responsible for guiding the editorial policies of the journal and ensuring that these adhere to the highest standards of quality and integrity. In addition, he will work with Associate Editors and an Editorial Board to attract the highest quality papers from around the world and oversee timely review of manuscripts. He also will work with a staff Managing Editor to achieve monthly publication of the journal in both print and online formats.

About Water Environment Research
Originally known as the Sewage Works Journal, Water Environment Research is a monthly peer-reviewed journal that has been published by the Water Environment Federation since 1928. Available in both print and online formats, the respected publication has an annual circulation of 25,000 users and receives approximately 300 new research submissions each year through an online submission and manuscript management system. Full archives of the journal dating back to 1928 are available through Ingenta Connect ( and JSTOR (

About WEF
Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF and its Member Associations proudly work to achieve our mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Water Environment Federation (WEF) - WEFTEC