The honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, recognized Dr. Daniel B. Oerther, the John A. and Susan Mathes Chair of Environmental Engineering and director of S&T’s Environmental Research Center, as one of five honorary members inducted at the organization’s convention held Oct. 28-Nov. 2 in Dallas.
STTI is an organization of 130,000 nurses representing 60 countries with the objectives of recognizing superior achievement, developing leaders, fostering professionalism, encouraging creativity and strengthening commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession of nursing.
“Nurses and engineers share a common professional holistic approach to global problem solving and protecting community health,” says Oerther. “It is a humbling honor to be recognized by Sigma Theta Tau International, and I am grateful to the nurses with whom I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating during my career. Nurses are natural collaborators with engineers, and I’d like to see more faculty at S&T engage nurses as partners in promoting sustainable health.”
Oerther’s international efforts brought life-saving clean drinking water, sanitation and access to health care to more than 100,000 villagers in Guatemala, India, Kenya and Tanzania. His collaborative partnerships have been recognized by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, the International Water Association, the Institute for Public Health and Water Research, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of State Fulbright Program.