André J. Butler

  • Industry Professor

André J. Butler

André J. Butler joined the Civil and Urban Engineering Department at NYU as Industry Professor in August 2022.  Previously, he served as associate professor and chair of the Environmental and Civil Engineering Department at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where he won two School of Engineering Teacher of the Year Awards (2003, 2017), as well as the Minority Mentor Trailblazer of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching (2019).

Dr. Butler’s teaching interests and research activities focus primarily on air quality and respiratory health. Over the years, his small research group has worked to understand spatio-temporal distributions of ozone and particulate matter (PM) in Georgia, to improve access to clean drinking water in Malawi, Africa, and to design/implement low-cost measurement techniques for indoor PM in the Dominican Republic.

Research Interests: Air pollution, respiratory health, low-cost measurement techniques.

Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000
Doctor of Philosophy, Environmental Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University, 1995
Master of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Management

University of Illinois-Urbana, 1993
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering


NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Department of Civil and Urban Engineering
Industry Professor

Mercer University School of Engineering
Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering
Associate Professor and Chair, 2013-2022
Associate Professor, 2007-2013
Assistant Professor, 2000-2007

US Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Engineer, 1998-2000


Kelley, A. and Butler, A.J.Personal exposure monitoring of airborne particulate using a low-cost sensor.” (2019). Proceedings of the Air and Waste Management Association National Convention, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Butler, A.J., Dornisch, A., Dungan, C., Dillon, P., Murphy, G. “Household surveys and low-cost measurement of indoor air pollution in the Dominican Republic.” (2019). Proceedings of the Air and Waste Management Association National Convention, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Mines, R.O., Callier, M.C., Drabek, B.J., and Butler, A.J. (2017). “Comparison of oxygen transfer parameters and oxygen demands in bioreactors operated at low and high dissolved oxygen levels.” Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, 52:4,341-349, DOI: 10.1080/10934529.2016.1258871.

Butler, A.J., Andrew, M.S., and Russell, A.G. (2003). "Daily sampling of PM2.5 in Atlanta: Results from the first year of the ASACA study." Journal of Geophysical Research, 108(D7), 8415, doi: 10.1029/2002JD002234.


Mercer University Quality Enhancement Plan Semester Project Support Initiative, Spring 2019, “Personal exposure to Particulate Matter (PM) and acute respiratory response,” $1550.

Mercer University SEED Grant, Fall 2018, “Indoor air pollution and respiratory health in the Dominican Republic: Improving low-cost particulate measurement devices and epidemiologic implications,” (Michael MacCarthy and Nannette Turner, Co-PIs), $2720.

Mercer University Quality Enhancement Plan Summer Student Research Program, Spring 2017, “Development of a low-cost indoor air quality measurement device for international applications,” (Anthony Choi and Michael MacCarthy, Co-PIs), $12,750.


Mercer University Minority Mentor Trailblazer of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2019.

Mercer University School of Engineering Teacher of the Year, 2003, 2017.