Andrea Silverman is an Assistant Professor, with joint appointments in the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and the Department of Global Health at the NYU College of Global Public Health.
The overarching goal of Dr. Silverman’s work is to develop sustainable and appropriate wastewater treatment systems, in an effort to protect public health and environmental quality. Within the broad topics of water quality and wastewater treatment, she focuses on the detection and control of waterborne pathogens, the design of natural wastewater treatment systems (e.g., treatment ponds and constructed wetlands), and the safe reuse of human waste.
Dr. Silverman works in both high- and low-income settings, and has conducted field research in California, USA; Accra, Ghana; and Nairobi, Kenya.
Research Interests: Detection and control of waterborne pathogens, wastewater and fecal sludge treatment for reuse, natural disinfection mechanisms, waste stabilization ponds and constructed wetlands, wastewater use in agriculture, on-site sanitation systems in cities