Dr. Maifan Silitonga has more than 8 years of experience in research, teaching, and outreach, educating under-served and minority students and communities in the field of agriculture and environmental related areas.
Previously, Dr. Silitonga performed as Interim Director for the Center for Ecology & Natural Resources at Alcorn State University. She was instrumental in coordinating and formulating the university’s research strategy in Bioenergy Initiative; led the Center to be nominated as one of four nominees for the 2012 HBCU Award for Best Research Center by the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy; and achieved national recognition for Alcorn’s environmental stewardship from the National Groundwater Foundation.
Dr. Silitonga currently serves as the Chair for the US Department of Agriculture-National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Southern Regional Water Program. She also pioneered a regional research effort in conducting prescreening or qualitative analysis of pharmaceuticals in the southern region, engaging 11 universities (1890s and 1862s). Research areas of interest include groundwater modeling, watershed management, environmental risk assessment, drinking water and human health, and nutrients fate & transport in the subsurface.
After receiving a Bachelor Degree in Biology from National University in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dr. Silitonga pursued her M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Science at Oklahoma State University, Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering. She received an Alumni Environmental Outstanding Achievement Award from the Environmental Institute at Oklahoma State University in 2010.
Maifan Silitonga, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean/Associate Professor
Cooperative Extension Facility
400 E. Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40601