Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering 

Dr. Susan Masten is an exemplary faculty member whose research, teaching, and service have made important and sustained impacts on communities near and far. Masten long served as the associate chair for undergraduate studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), and led several initiatives that have benefited students, faculty colleagues, the university, and communities.

Masten has served as faculty advisor for the Environmental Engineering Student Society (EESS) since 2003, taught review sessions for the Fundamentals of Engineering professional licensure exam and assisted the EESS with the organization of field trips, lectures, and an annual poster competition. She also mentored students involved in the Waste Management and Education Research Consortium Environmental Design Contest, where MSU has twice won an award for Best Overall Design. She was the founding advisor of the MSU Chapter of Engineers without Borders (EWB), and under her guidance, EWB has built water filters in Honduras, constructed composting latrines in El Salvador, and built a rainwater collection system for a school in Tanzania. 

Masten became involved with the water-related issues in Flint, Michigan by analyzing available data on the operation of the Flint Water Treatment Plant, which led to publications and presentations to numerous engineering societies in the United States, New Zealand, and Taiwan. 

Masten also has extensive involvement mentoring Girl Scouts and Scouts BSA, and serving as a commissioner for the Meridian Township Environmental Commission, where she helps to advise Township policy on issues related to environmental protection, pollution prevention, and preservation of natural areas.