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
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2005
Bachelor of Science, Environmental Engineering
University of California, Berkeley 2009
Master of Science, Environmental Engineering
University of California, Berkeley 2013
PhD, Environmental Engineering
Andrea I. Silverman, Nerissa Tay, Nikoloas Machairas. 2019. Comparison of biological weighting functions used to model endogenous sunlight inactivation rates of MS2 coliphage. Water Research, 151: 439-446. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2018.12.015
Andrea I. Silverman, David L. Sedlak, and Kara L. Nelson. 2019. Simplified process to determine rate constants for sunlight-mediated removal of trace organic and microbial contaminants in unit process open-water treatment wetlands. Environmental Engineering Science, 36: 43-59. https://doi.org/10.1089/ees.2018.0177
Kara L. Nelson, Alexandria B. Boehm, Rob J. Davies-Colley, Michael C. Dodd, Tamar Kohn, Karl G. Linden, Y. Liu, Peter A. Maraccini, Kris McNeill, William A. Mitch, Thanh H. Nguyen, Kimberly M. Parker, Roberto A. Rodriguez, Lauren M. Sassoubre, Andrea I. Silverman, Krista R. Wigginton, Richard G. Zepp. 2018. Sunlight-mediated inactivation of microorganisms in water: A review of mechanisms and modeling approaches. Environmental Science: Processes & Technologies, 20: 1089-1122. https://doi.org/10.1039/C8EM00047F
Andrea I. Silverman and Kara L. Nelson. 2016. Modeling the endogenous sunlight inactivation rates of laboratory strain and wastewater E. coli and enterococci using biological weighting functions. Environmental Science & Technology, 50: 12292−12301. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.6b03721
Andrea I. Silverman, Mi T. Nguyen, Iris E. Schilling, Jannis Wenk, and Kara L. Nelson. 2015. Sunlight inactivation of viruses in open-water unit process treatment wetlands: Modeling endogenous and exogenous inactivation rates. Environmental Science & Technology, 49: 2757- 2766. https://doi.org/10.1021/es5049754
Andrea I. Silverman, Mark O. Akrong, Pay Drechsel, and Kara L. Nelson. 2014. On-farm treatment of wastewater used for vegetable irrigation: Bacteria and virus removal in small ponds in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination, 4: 276-286. https://doi.org/10.2166/wrd.2014.010
Mi T. Nguyen, Andrea I. Silverman, and Kara L. Nelson. 2014. Sunlight inactivation of MS2 coliphage in the absence of photosensitizers: Modeling the endogenous inactivation rate using a photoaction spectrum. Environmental Science & Technology, 48: 3891-3898. https://doi.org/10.1021/es405323p
Andrea I. Silverman, Britt M. Peterson, Alexandria B. Boehm, Kristopher McNeill, and Kara L. Nelson. 2013. Sunlight inactivation of human viruses and bacteriophages in coastal waters containing natural photosensitizers. Environmental Science & Technology, 47: 1870–1878. https://doi.org/10.1021/es3036913
Andrea I. Silverman, Mark O. Akrong, Philip Amoah, Pay Drechsel, and Kara L. Nelson. 2013. Quantification of human norovirus GII, human adenovirus, and fecal indicator organisms in wastewater used for irrigation in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Water and Health, 11: 473-488. https://doi.org/10.2166/wh.2013.025
Lauren M. Sassoubre, Dave C. Love, Andrea I. Silverman, Kara L. Nelson, and Alexandria B. Boehm. 2012. Comparison of enterovirus and adenovirus concentration and enumeration methods in seawater from Southern California, USA and Baja Malibu, Mexico. Journal of Water and Health, 10: 419-430. https://doi.org/10.2166/wh.2012.011
Dave C. Love, Andrea I. Silverman, and Kara L. Nelson. 2010. Human virus and bacteriophage inactivation in clear water by simulated sunlight compared to bacteriophage inactivation at a Southern California beach. Environmental Science & Technology, 44: 6965-6970. https://doi.org/10.1021/es1001924
Authored Book Chapters and Design Manuals
Andrea I. Silverman, Kara L. Nelson, and David L. Sedlak 2019. Guidelines for the Design and Operation of Unit-process, Open-water Wetlands. Guidance manual published by the Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). LINK
Bernard Keraita, Andrea I. Silverman, Philip Amoah, and Senorpe Asem-Hiablie. 2014. Quality of Irrigation Water Used for Urban Vegetable Production. In: Irrigated Urban Vegetable Production in Ghana: Characteristics, Benefits and Risk Mitigation, 2nd Ed. P. Drechsel and B. Keraita, Eds. pp. 62-73. LINK