Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Maps & Directions

Faculty & Staff

Irwin Silverstein, PhD

  • Environmental Engineer
  • Telephone: 617.287.7116

Additional Information

Irwin Silverstein received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York and his masters and doctorate in Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University. Prior to working for several environmental consulting firms, he was an instructor in the Civil Engineering Departments at Northeastern and Tufts Universities. He has over 25 years of experience as a professional engineer managing soil and groundwater investigations and remediation at sites impacted by commercial and industrial activities. Recently, he completed a two-year fellowship working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an American Association for the Advancement of Science & Technology Policy Fellow. His work at the EPA’s Water Security Division and National Homeland Security Research Center helped to evaluate how security for the water sector might be improved by implementing strategies like backflow prevention and point-of-use/point-of-entry treatment. His experience on water security includes participation in informational exchanges with EPA’s counterparts in the United Kingdom and Israel.  From 2007 to the present he has been teaching science at Taunton High School.