Steve Summerfelt

Steve SummerfeltDr. Steven T. Summerfelt is Director of Aquaculture Systems Research for the Freshwater Institute. Dr. Summerfelt is a Professional Engineer and holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Environmental Emphasis) from Iowa State University, a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, also from Iowa State. He is author or co-author of more than seventy peer-reviewed journal publications, nine book chapters, and a book titled Recirculating Aquaculture Systems.  In August, 2015, he became the 5th recipient of the Aquacultural Engineering Society Award of Excellence.

With the Fund since 1992, Dr. Summerfelt is currently Project Leader for a Cooperative Agreement supported by the USDA Agriculture Research Service titled Improving the Sustainability of Land-Based Closed-Containment Systems for Salmonid Food Fish Production. Steve’s research focuses on water treatment unit processes and on the optimization of fish production in high intensity water recirculation and reuse systems. His research has advanced understanding and practical design criteria for fluidized-sand biofilters, microscreen filtration, aeration, air-stripping, oxygenation, ozonation, ultraviolet irradiation, engineering of fish culture tanks, continuous production modeling and management, and ultrasonic waste-feed control. Steve has transferred his research interests to application with state and federal agency fish culture facilities and the design of large private aquaculture farms.

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Dr. Summerfelt with a pink salmon caught during an expedition

You can contact Dr. Summerfelt by e-mail at s.summerfelt@freshwaterinstitute.orgor by phone at 304-876-2815 ext.211.