San Diego State University
Dr. Matthew Verbyla will join the environmental engineering faculty at San Diego State University as an assistant professor in August 2017, after finishing his current postdoctoral research at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, where he studies virus evolution in response to environmental pressures, microbial risk of pathogens in water, and statistics for microbiology. Matthew has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College (2006), as well as a Master of Science (2012) and a Ph.D. (2015), both in Environmental Engineering from the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL, USA). As a U.S. Fulbright Fellow (2007), Matthew studied the sustainability of rural water service under decentralization policies in Honduras. He later worked as engineering project director for the non-profit organization Global Community Development in Honduras, collaborating with municipal and NGO partners to develop plans for water, wastewater, and infrastructure projects for small cities and periurban communities. Matthew has LEED Green Associate credentials from the U.S. Green Building Council and has worked as a consultant for civil engineering firms in the United States and for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).