A successful entrepreneur who has led thriving public health focused businesses, Dr. Steensma joined the Brown School as a visiting professor in the fall of 2013 and received an appointment to the position of Professor of Practice, Public Health and Social Entrepreneurship, in fall of 2014. Previously Dr. Steensma served as a professor at the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and in the graduate program in Environmental Science at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind., where he has also served as the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs.
At the Brown School, he is teaching classes in biostatistics, environmental health and social entrepreneurship; he is also helping the school to commercialize some of the innovative products and services that have been developed there. He is especially interested in social entrepreneurism, sustainability and the role enterprise plays in advancing societies.
Dr. Steensma was chief Industrial Hygienist and Vice President of Development for Concentra Environmental, Health, and Safety Services; he founded Industrial Solutions Group, which grew to become one of the premier occupational and environmental health companies in the U.S. before being sold to Concentra (Humana) in 2007. He continues to be very active in entrepreneurial endeavors. He has been active on many non-profit boards and has served as the President of the Fort Wayne/Allen County Board of Health from 2008-2014.
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”.