Jessica Wilson

Graduate Director of Environmental Eng Graduate

Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Jessica M. Wilson is an associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY.  Her research interests are in water quality engineering and environmental (water) chemistry. Recent projects have included chemical inhibition and dissolution of oilfield scales formed during energy production and assessment of water quality monitoring programs in urban watersheds to inform management decisions. She has also worked as an Environmental Chemist for Environmental Testing Laboratories.


  • PHD, Carnegie Mellon University
  • MS, Manhattan College
  • BS, Russell Sage College

Courses Taught

  • ENGS 115 Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGS 204 Environmental Engineering Principles 1
  • CEEN 308 Reliability Analysis in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • ENVL 316 Environmental Engineering Field Applications
  • ENVL/G 406/506 Water Treatment Processes
  • ENVG 739 Experimental Analysis in Environemental Engineering
  • Professional Experience and Memberships


    Manhattan College, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    • Associate Professor (2019 - present)
    • Assistant Professor (2013 - 2019)

    Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    • Instructor (2012 – 2013)
    • Graduate Research Assistant (2008 – 2013)

    Manhattan College, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 

    • Graduate Research Assistant (2006 – 2008)                             

    Environmental Testing Laboratories, Farmingdale,NY                            

    • Environmental Chemist (2005 – 2006)           


    • Sigma Xi, Scientific Honor Society
    • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
    • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI)
    • American Chemical Society (ACS)
    • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)
    • American Water Works Association (AWWA)
    • Women in Engineering Program and Advocates Network (WEPAN)
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants

    Honors & Awards

    • Outstanding Young Alumna Award, Russell Sage College, 2015
    • AWWA Academic Achivement Award: 2nd Place Doctoral Dissertation. 2014


    Sole Principal Investigator

    “Effect of wet weather on disinfection by-product formation in wastewater treatment plant effluent,” Manhattan College Summer Grant, $3,000. June 2017 – Aug. 2017.

    “Determination of free chorine-based chemical addition strategies on the formation of disinfection byproducts,” New York City Department of Environmental Protection/Hazen and Sawyer, $5,250, Apr. 2016 – June 2016.

    “Engineering consultant on the development of a database on rooftop storage tanks,” New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, $19,890, Mar. 2015-June 2015.

    “Environmental Impacts of Oil and Gas Brine Applications for Dust and Ice Control in New York,” University Transportation Research Center (UTRC), $15,915, Aug. 2014-Oct. 2015.

     “Kinetics of the Dissolution of Mineral Scales Using New Scale Dissolvers,” Manhattan College Summer Grant, $3,000. June 2014-Aug. 2014.

    Lead Principal Investigator

    “Connecting middle and high school students to their estuary: Pairing smart devices to estuary parameters.” Co-PI: Kerryanne Donohue-Couch. AEESP (Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors) Foundation. Funds requested: $2,000. Sept. 2019 - July 2020.

    "Leachate treatability study at the Daniel P. Thomas Materials Recovery Facility," Co-PI: Richard Carbonaro (Chem. Eng., MC), Arcadis, $30,210. Nov. 2017 - present.

    "Kinetic studies to optimize chemical dissolution and inhibition of common and exotic oilfield scales," Co-PI: Hossain Azam. American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, $55,000. Sept. 2015 - Aug. 2017.

    Co-Principal Investigator

    “Croton water filtration plant study.” Co-PI: Richard Carbonaro. New York City Department of Design and Construction/NYC DEP. $194,062.17. July 2020 - present.

    “Eliminating the “barrier” to estuary education: Connecting students to their estuary by studying the effect of stream barriers and water quality on American eel populations." Co-PI: Kerryanne Donohue-Couch, Jeanette Brown. New York State Water Resources Institute and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program. $20,000. March 2020 - present.

    “Connecting middle and high school students to their estuary: Pairing smart devices to estuary parameters.” Co-PI: Kerryanne Donahue-Couch, Kirk Barrett.  NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 2016 Hudson River Estuary Grants for River Access and River Education, $74,628. Dec. 2016 – Nov. 2018.

    Participating Researcher

    “Chlorine dioxide biofilm inactivation.” PI: Robert Sharp (CEE, MC).  Gordon & Rosenblatt, $39,001. June 2016 – Jan. 2017.

    “Wastewater effluent and CSO disinfection study,” New York City Department of Environmental Protection. PI: Robert Sharp (CEE, MC). Jan. 2015 – present.