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Dr. Matthew Verbyla has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of South Florida. In 2017, he joined the Environmental Engineering faculty at San Diego State University (SDSU), where he is currently an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering. During the 2024-25 academic year, he will be completing a one-year sabbatical from SDSU and will be working part-time with Trussell Technologies. His areas of expertise include the fate and transport of waterborne pathogens in engineered and natural systems, data analysis for pathogen removal crediting in water reuse systems, and quantitative microbial risk assessment. Dr. Verbyla has more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has managed more than $1 million dollars in research grants from organizations including the National Science Foundation, the Water Research Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the California State Water Resources Control Board. He has contributed to pathogen crediting in potable reuse projects in California as a member of independent advisory panels for through the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) and as the principal investigator for Water Research Foundation project 5047, where he developed Guidance for Study Plans and Reporting Data for Pathogen Removal Credits in Wastewater Treatment Systems.

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