Professor of Practice, Brown School Washington University in St. Louis

Joseph Steensma’s work exemplifies “transdisciplinary”. A successful scientist and entrepreneur who has founded and led several thriving businesses focused on public health, Steensma joined the faculty at the Washington University in St Louis in 2013 to work on developing and disseminating solutions to public health challenges.
In addition to his work in helping translate science into marketable solutions for real public health problems, Steensma has served as the president of the Board of Health in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has been active on many nonprofit boards and continues to support research that seeks to discover the relationship between human health and the natural environment.
At Washington University, he is teaching classes in biostatistics, environmental health and the public health implications of climate change. His research looks at the interaction between economics, environmental degradation and health. In addition to his doctorate in education, Steensma earned an MPH from Saint Louis University.
He also loves the outdoors and writes often about birds. His latest project is a book about the birds of Bahamas titled “A Field Guide to the Birds of North Andros Island.