Research Assistant Professor
Matteo D’Alessio is a research assistant professor with the NWC, a role he began in summer 2018 and has actively fulfilled since joining the University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty. During his NWC tenure, he has led two Nebraska Environmental Trust grants and taught two undergraduate Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling courses.
Before becoming a professor, D’Alessio was a post-doctoral research fellow with NWC. He conducted field, laboratory and greenhouse research into creative methods of addressing water quality concerns. This included examining the impact of injected air on the transport of pharmaceutical compounds in recycled agricultural water, riverbank filtration, and leachability of treated wastewater. He published 15 journal manuscripts, presented at 10 conferences and served as a reviewer for 10 peer-reviewed journals.
D’Alessio came to Nebraska from Hawaii shortly after his Ph.D. advisor, Chittaranjan Ray, left the University of Hawaii at Manoa to become NWC’s director. D’Alessio earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from La Sapienza University in his native Italy. He is originally from Sgurgola, Italy, a small town 50 miles southeast of Rome. A scholarship allowed him to conduct research with Ray in Hawaii, where they investigated the transport of endocrine disruptive compounds and explosive chemicals in Hawaii’s soils.