• Ph.D. in Environmental and Chemical Engineering (dual degree), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mi and University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
  • MS of Science in Chemical Engineering, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium,
  • BS in Chemical Engineering, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium,

Areas of Interest: ​ Optimal water management, technologies for sustainable wastewater treatment.

Research Projects: For my PhD, I am constructing, operating, and evaluating a novel anaerobic membrane bioreactor to achieve excellent domestic wastewater treatment with minimal environmental impact in cold to moderate climates.​

Other Interests: Running, cooking & eating, reading, learning, traveling & languages.

Honors and Awards

  • Integrated Training in Microbial Systems Fellow
  • Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD Fellowship,
  • ​TNAV price: Best Thesis regarding Water and Sludge Technology at the Chemical Engineering Department of KU Leuven,
  • Helmsley Charitable Trust Grant​.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Van Steendam, C., Skerlos, S., Smets, I., and L. Raskin, “Exploring the role of biofilms in psychrophilic anaerobic systems treating domestic wastewater,” (In preparation).

Conference and Poster Presentations

  • Van Steendam, C., A. Menefee, S. Skerlos, and L. Raskin, Do Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors Have a Sustainable Future for Low Temperature Domestic Wastewater Treatment? Michigan Meeting on Microbial Communities, 16-18 May, 2016, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
  • Van Steendam, C., Beaton, N., Jain, A., Puente, P., Smets, I., Love, N., Skerlos, S., and L. Raskin, “Next-Generation Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor for Low-Temperature Domestic Wastewater Treatment: Pilot Study,” 14th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion organized by International Water Association (IWA). Viña del Mar, Chile, 11/2015.

Contact Information: 1351 Beal Avenue, EWRE 17, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125;,