Robert R. Sharp III, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor and The Donald J. O'Connor Endowed Faculty Chair of Environmental Engineering

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY


Robert is the Donald J. O'Connor Endowed Faculty Fellow of Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College, where he teaches and directs an externally funded research laboratory specializing in advanced water and wastewater treatment, biological regrowth and corrosion, and bioremediation. In addition, Robert Sharp is a process specialist for Hazen and Sawyer Engineers in New York City. He has a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. in Biofilm Engineering from The Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in New York State, and is an active member of the Met Chapter of NYWEA.

Robert Sharp runs an active bio-process research lab at Manhattan College, where both graduate and undergraduate research assistants carry out fundamental and applied research in the areas of biological nutrient removal, anaerobic digestion, resource recovery from wastewater, microbial ecology, pathogen disinfection and regrowth, plasmid stability, treatment of toxics, bioremediation and subsurface reactive transport. His research results are detailed in over 34 peer reviewed journal articles and has over 50 papers at national and international environmental conferences.


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Robert R. Sharp,III

Rob Sharp is from New Mexico.  He has been at Manhattan College since 1996.  His mentors include:

Dr. Bill Characklis

Dr. Al Cunningham

Dr. Bruce Thompson

Dr. Anne Camper


B.S. Civil Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, University of New Mexico, 1990

M.S. Civil/Environmental Engineering, University of New Mexico, 1991

Ph.D. Center for Biofilm Engineering, NSF-ERC, Montana State University, 1995


Robert Sharp has been working with Hazen and Sawyer on a USAID project to select and design a secondary wastewater treatment plant for Dakar, Senegal.  This treatment plant will be only the second treatment plant in Senegal and will serve over a million residents.

Robert Sharp has been working with Hazen and Sawyer on a World Bank funded project to design a secondary wastewater treatment plant for the city of Bogota, Colombia.  This plant will be the first secondary treatment plant in Bogota, a city of 9 million people.