Steve Zeng

Steve Zeng
Associate Professor, Chair
School of Agriculture & Applied Sciences
E.L. Holloway Res. Ed. & Ext. 404
(405) 466-6177
(405) 466-6145

Dr. Steve Zeng is Professor of Dairy Foods and Chairperson, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In addition to his research and academic appointments, he also carries out programmatic responsibilities in the Langston University Cooperative Extension program. Dr. Zeng has national and international research and extension experiences, including invited scientific exchanges, presentations, and industrial consultations in Argentina, Armenia, Brazil, China, Kenya, and the Republic of Georgia in addition to the U.S.

Dr. Zeng was born and raised in China. He completed his B.S. degree in Animal Science at Jiangxi Agricultural University, China, M.S. degree in Dairy Manufacturing at Mississippi State University, and Ph.D. degree in Food Technology at Clemson University, South Carolina.

Dr. Zeng was first hired as an Extension Food Technologist at Langston University in 1992. He started the certified pilot goat creamery and established the one and only state of the art Dairy Herd Information (DHI) Laboratory for Goats in the world. Since 1999, Dr. Zeng served as Senior Scientist/R&D Director for Galaxy (Cheese) Foods in Orlando, Florida for two years. He has been an Associate Professor, Professor, and Department Chair since his re-appointment with Langston University in 2001. His research focuses on goat milk quality, antibiotic residue testing, pathogen isolation, somatic cell count and mastitis control in dairy goats. He has published widely in various journals, e.g., Journal of Dairy Science, Journal of Food Protection, Small Ruminant Research, etc. Zeng has created an active undergraduate research program in the newly established Centralized Teaching Laboratory of LU SAAS. He has also expanded his extension responsibilities from dairy product development and training to cheese judging at national and international levels.

Dr. Zeng has been recognized with numerous awards for his outstanding contributions in research, extension, and teaching, most notably the Outstanding Faculty Award of Oklahoma State University (2014), the Outstanding Scholar Award of Langston University (2011), and the George Washington Carver International Agricultural Excellence of Award of USAID (2007).