Beth (Ann E.) Wittig
Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering (UT Austin, 1998)
Assistant Professor

Contact Information:

Office: (212) 650-8397
Steinman Hall T-104

Laboratory (212) 650-7890
Marshak Hall J-901





Dr. Wittig received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1998 from the University of Texas at Austin , where she developed expertise in ambient air pollutant measurement and modeling practices. Upon graduation, she worked as a consultant and managed and quality assured the field operations of several statewide air pollutant measurement campaigns. She also investigated the impact of pollutant emissions reductions on ambient air quality across the state of California . Dr. Wittig then accepted a post-doctoral research fellowship in Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University , where she collected near real-time measurements of gas and particulate matter pollutants and investigated the atmospheric processes which affected them. Ann accepted an appointment at the City College of New York in September 2003. Her current research interests address the measurement, chemical transformation, and movement of air pollutants, both indoors and outdoors.



University of California at Los Angeles                     7/87-3/93         B.S., Chemical Engineering

University of Texas at Austin                                    9/93-8/98         Ph.D., Chemical Engineering    

      Carnegie Mellon University                                      4/01-7/03         Post-Ph.D., Chemical Engr



       City College                                  9/03 - present    Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

       Sonoma Technology Inc.              2/99-3/01          Consultant, Air quality monitoring


Professional development [also see honors]

PE professional licensure in New York NY , Jul 2005

GIS and Community Analysis Workshop in New York NY , Aug 2005


Honors and awards

UCAR/NCAR Early Career Scientists Assembly (ECSA) Junior Faculty Forum on Future Scientific Directions (JFF), Jul 2006

NSF Center for Sustainable Engineering, Jul 2006

ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd), Jul 2005

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, 1998 - present

Academic Institute of Chemical Engineers Award for Teaching Excellence, 1994

UCLA Ch.E. Research Assistantship Award in recognition of academic success, 1993 &1994


Service to the profession

Membership in professional societies

Registered Professional Engineer in New York , license # 083175

Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA)

     AWMA Particulate Matter Committee, 2004 - present

American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR)

     AAAR Student Liaison Committee Chair, 2005 - present

American Association of Engineering Education

American Society of Civil Engineers

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society


Journal guest editor

Special Issue for Particulate Matter Supersites Program and Related Studies, Atmospheric Environment Volume 40, October 2006


Journal/textbook reviewer

Atmospheric Environment, 2005 - present

Journal of Aerosol Science and Technology, 2003 - present

Journal of the American Society of Engineering Education, 2006 - present

Journal of Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 2005 - present

 “Principles of Environmental Engineering and Science” by Davis and Masten, McGraw Hill, 2005.


Service to the college

Advisory committees

Executive Committee, City College Civil Engineering Department, Sept 2004 - present

Faculty Search Committee, City College Civil Engineering Department, Sept 2005 - 2006

Advisory Board, CCNY Environmental Science & Engineering Program, Jan 2006 - present

Advisory Board, CCNY Master in Sustainable Engineering Program, Mar 2006 - present


Development of program guidelines

Masters and PhD Student Guidelines, City College Civil Engineering Department, Sept 2003


Research mentoring activities [funded research is noted with “*”]

Ph.D. students

      *    Vilma Arriaran La Torre, Level I, Sep 2004 - present

     Thesis: Design of an in-situ method to measure organic carbon in ambient particles

Masters students

Eniko Csaszi, Sep 2004 - Jun 2006                                                               

  Report (0 credit): Nighttime formation of HONO in an urban atmosphere

Mindaugas Jablonskis , Sep 2005 - Jun 2006                                             

  Report (0 credit): Mapping the mechanism of air pollution events within New York

      * Karan Budhathoki, Sep 2005 - Jun 2006                                                   

  Project (3 credit): Evaluation of the CMB8.2 receptor model

Undergraduate students

      * Gillian Cain , Sep 2004 - June 2005                                                

     Funded research topic: Development of historical database of NY ambient measurements

      * Valentina Ponochovnaya , Jul 2006 - present       

     Funded research topic: Design and construction of a scale model of a NYC subway

   station for study of pollutant transport and dispersion using particle image velocimetry

      * Gary Chan , Jul 2006 - present               

     Funded research topic: Pollutant transport and dispersion in a scale model of a NYC

   subway station using particle image velocimetry


Academic mentoring

Faculty Advisor (started up chapter and on travel team to Honduras ) to CCNY student

  chapter of Engineers without Borders, Sept 2004 - current

    Academic mentor to ~30 students in CE and ESEE Departments


Service to the community

Engineers Without Borders

New York Professional Chapter, 2005 - present

City College of New York Student Chapter , 2005 - present


Broadening participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering

Advisement of 8th graders in the STAR program at Mott Hall middle school, 2003-present


Presentations to K-12th grade students/teachers

“The chemistry of air pollution”, a presentation developed for 12th graders at Petaluma High School in Petaluma CA , 1999

 “Environmental engineering”, a two-week workshop for Middle and High School science teachers in Austin TX, 1997 and 1998

“Chemistry is everywhere”, a presentation developed for grades 4-6 at the Fairburn Elementary School in Los Angeles CA , 1997