Walter Matystik

Associate Provost, Adjunct

Provost's Office, Civil & Environmental Engineering


  • B.E. Chemical Engineering (1972) - Manhattan College, Riverdale, N.Y.
  • M.E. Environmental Engineering (1974) - Manhattan College, Riverdale, N.Y.
  • J.D. Juris Doctor (1981) - New York Law School

Courses Taught

Developed (including hybrid verions) and taught legal and environmental law courses for almost twenty-five years including the following:

“Environmental Law”

“Hazardous Waste Management”,

“Legal Aspects of Engineering”

“Environmental Impacts of Construction Projects”

"Legal Aspects of Healhcare" 

  • Research

      Environmental Law

    • Environmental Justice
    • Products Liability
    • Intellectual Property
    • Green infrastructure
    • Information technology and its impact on higher education
    • Grants and contracts Law
    • Mathematical modeling of natural waters
    • Ethics & values in science and technology
    Major project experience
    • Renovation and expansion of facilities in the Mount Pleasant Central School District – 3/2002-12/ 2005- $25.2 Million public bond project; Board President & project financial officer executing all bond funding documents and reviewing for approval all contractor and subcontractor claims; Chairman, Project Team overseeing construction manager and architect; change orders; dispute resolution; punch lists; project closeout-  Project serving 1,875 K-12 students completed on time and on budget 
    • Implementation of JasperNet, a 5,000+ node computer and information services network; multi-gigabit backbone; wireless; OSPF & BGP routing; DS3 Internet feed; disaster recovery/backup site; dark fiber; VoIP - (phased development: 1992-present) – Project serves 3,300 students and 550 employees
    •  Project Administrator, Principal Investigator - EPRI, Northeast Regional Community Environmental Center sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, and New York State Energy Research and Development Corporation (EPRI Agreement # WO3743-2, $2.1 Million over 5 years); recipient of EPRI Distinguished Service Award
    • Principal Investigator, Academic Research Infrastructure Program, National Science Foundation (STI-9214706) - 9/92-6/95.  ($270,000)
    • Co-Principal Investigator, OSTI/Academic Research Infrastructure Program, National Science Foundation (STI-9602772) - 1/97-12/99.  ($255,219); NYSTAR Advanced Research Center for Environmental Engineering ($200,000)
    • Project Director, Academic Facilities Renovation Project, U.S. Department of Education (P142A80184) responsible for regulatory approvals including historic preservation clearance, bid specifications, bonding, contractor liaison, and financing - $1.1 Million.
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities
    • Text In process: Law for Scientists and Engineers
    •  State Environmental Agencies on the Internet (with Theodore and Diaz).1999. Government Institutes, ABS Group, Inc. 344 pp.
    • "Applicability of the FLUENT computational fluid dynamics package to air quality problems" with Lowe and Mueller).1999. In Air Pollution VII - Seventh International Conference on Air Pollution.  WIT Press, South Hampton,Boston
    • "Phosphorus Recycle and Chlorophyll in the Great Lakes" (with Di Toro).  J.Great Lakes Res., Internat. Assoc.Great Lakes Res. 5(3-4):233-245.  1979.
    •  "Phytoplankton Biomass Model of Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay" (with Di Toro).  Proc. EPA Conf. Envr. Modeling and Simulation, ed. W.R. Ott.  EPA 618, July 1976.
    •  "Mathematical Models of Water Quality in Large Lakes - Part I: Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay" (with Di Toro).  EPA Ecological Research Series EPA-600/3-80-056.  July 1980.
    • "Computer Applications Training for Hospital Personnel" (with Drake, Durbak, Smith and Dardis) - NYS Education Dept. VEA 52-85-7104. Sept., 1985.


  • Professional Experience and Memberships
    • Licensed and admitted to practice as an Attorney and Counselor-at-Law in all courts of the State of New York(Aug. 1982) – Attorney Registration No. 1806751; 

    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Oct. 1984);

    •  Notary Public, State ofNew York: 02MA4811741.


  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
    • Certificate of Achievement: Project Team Leadership 2002-05 ($25.2 Million Bond renovation and expansion project) –Mount Pleasant Central School District
    • Distinguished Service Award, EPRI Industrial and Agricultural Technologies and Services for establishing the Northeast Regional Community Environmental Center
    • Manhattan College Environmental Engineering Alumni Club Award (June, 2004)
    • Westchester-Putnam School Boards Assn. – School Board Leadership Recognition (June, 2005)
    • Bonus et Fidelis Medal –ManhattanCollege
    • Pearson-Prentice Hall Legal Series – Recommended Environmental Law Online Course site
  • Other
    • Board Secretary and Trustee, Academic Federal Credit Union, Briarcliff Manor,N.Y.
    • Vice Chairman and Board Member, Westchester CountyBoard of Ethics 
    • Member, Board of Education (six terms as President) Mt. Pleasant CentralSchool District,Thornwood,N.Y.
    • Founding Director, Environmental Justice Initiative for Haiti
    • Pro bono environmental consultant, Bronx Council for Environmental Quality and 
    • Harlem River Working Group                                                            
    • Advisory Board, Harlem River Brownfield Opportunity Award Program


    Married - Deborah, 40 years; two children (Matthew – senior paralegal, DL Piper, NY, NY; Jennifer, Associate, Latham Watkins, San Francisco, Ca.