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Assistant Professor
San Diego State University
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Dr. Matthew E. Verbyla is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at San Diego State University (SDSU), where he directs the Safe WaTER Lab ( and teaches courses on water, sanitation, and microbiological processes of environmental engineering. The Safe WaTER Lab’s research aim is to better understand the health-related environmental microbiological processes and the fate and transport of microbial pollutants in engineered and natural systems. Matthew has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College, and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of South Florida. Before graduate school, Matthew spent three years in the United States working for civil and environmental engineering consulting firms, and another three years working in Honduras with non-profit organizations on water and sanitation projects for small towns and urban occupations. Prior to starting his current role at SDSU, Matthew worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at EPFL in Switzerland and as a consultant for UNHCR.