Originally from Unionville, CT, Matthew Verbyla is currently a postdoctoral research scientist at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, where he studies pathogens in water and wastewater and microbial risk. Matthew has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College (2006), as well as a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (2012) and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering (2015), both from the University of South Florida. As a U.S. Fulbright Fellow (2007; Honduras), Matthew studied the sustainability of rural water service under decentralization policies. He later worked for nearly two years as engineering project director for the non-profit organization Global Community Development in Honduras, where he collaborated with municipal and NGO partners to develop plans for water, wastewater, and infrastructure projects for small cities and periurban communities. Matthew is currently an editor and author for the Global Water Pathogens Project, an initiative led by UNESCO and Michigan State University to produce an online open access platform for scientific knowledge on pathogens in water. He has LEED Green Associate credentials from the U.S. Green Building Council and several years of civil engineering consulting experience in the United States.