College Receives NSF Grant to Support Summer Forum on Environmental Resource Recovery

Manhattan College, along with the Water Environment Federation and the Water Environment Research Foundation, will host the forum from Aug. 9-11.

As a result of a 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) award and support and collaboration from the water industry, Manhattan College will host the Intensification of Resource Recovery Forum to address key challenges faced in environmental engineering from Aug. 9-11. The forum will focus specifically on novel technologies aimed at recovering a variety of resources from wastewater.

In partnership with NSF, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), and Manhattan College, the two-day forum will target and discuss new and emerging technologies that can effectively recover resources from wastewater. Examples of resources include: energy, fuels, agricultural products, industrial chemicals, and clean reusable water.

“The end goal of the forum is to improve water quality while producing valuable resources to make the wastewater industry more energy efficient, sustainable and beneficial to society as a whole,” says Robert Sharp, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, professor of civil and environmental engineering and Donald J. O’Connor Endowed Faculty Fellow of Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College and principal investigator on the NSF award.

Manhattan College was awarded $30,000 earlier this year to plan and support the Intensification of Resource Recovery Forum. This is the fourth NSF grant Manhattan College has received in the last year.

WERF and WEF have invited a select group of researchers, developers and suppliers of cutting-edge wastewater treatment technologies to present at the August conference. The two-day conference will consist of technology presentations, collaborative working sessions, and networking opportunities. In particular, the technology presentations will demonstrate how wastewater can not only be treated to produce a high quality water, but also how it can be a significant source of energy and nutrient resources.

For more information on the forum, please contact Robert Sharp via email at or by phone at (718) 862-7169.

MC Staff