Marco J. Castaldi

Department Chair, Professor

Main Affiliation

Chemical Engineering

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Earth System Science and Environmental Engineering


Steinman Hall




Marco J. Castaldi


Marco J. Castaldi, Ph.D. is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Earth System Science and Environmental Engineering Program at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY), CUNY. Prior to joining CCNY, he was Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Earth & Environmental Engineering Department. Castaldi is widely published, having approximately 90 peer-reviewed research articles, 40 peer-reviewed conference papers, 2 textbooks, 3 book chapters and 11 patents in the fields of catalysis, combustion and gasification. His research findings have been covered by The New York Times, The Observer, CNN, and in trade publications. Castaldi served as Editor of the North American Waste to Energy Conference (NAWTEC) Series (ISBN: 978-0-7918-4393-2), Co-Editor of the Waste to Energy text published by Woodhead Publishing, Editorial Board Member of Waste and Biomass Valorization published through Springer (ISSN: 1877-2641) and Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344)Prior to his academic career, Castaldi worked in industry as Manager of Fuel Processor Component Development for Precision Combustion Inc. in New Haven, CT overseeing projects totaling $5 million.

Castaldi is a recipient of the Fulbright Global Scholar Award and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He is a past Chair of the ASME Materials and Energy Recovery Division, past Chair of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Research and New Technology Council of AIChE and most recently past Chair of the North American Catalysis Society’s New York Metropolitan Section.

Castaldi is an internationally recognized expert and consultant in the areas of waste-to-energy, air emissions, combustion, and catalysis. His group is recognized by ASME as the foremost research group on chemical kinetics of converting wastes to energy. He is Director of the Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council (WTERT) in the United States, an international organization that supports several students and post-doctoral researchers. Castaldi is also Director of the Earth Engineering Center at City College, a leading waste-to-energy research center focused on advancing processes particularly in the high-efficiency recovery of energy from biomass processes using catalysis, with the aim of developing novel solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Castaldi received his B.S. ChE (magna cum laude) from Manhattan College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from UCLA where he also minored in Advanced Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics. 


Castaldi’s recent professional activities and awards include:

2019                    Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

2018                    Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

2016                    Fulbright Fellow, Global Award

2015                    National Academies’ Intelligence Science and Technology Expert Group (ISTEG)

2014                    National Research Council, Panel Member Appointment

2012 – 2015         Chair, Research and New Technology Council (RANTC) for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

2007 – 2012         Sustainability Steward of the Research and New Technology Council (RANTC)

2010 – 2011         Chairman, North American Catalysis Society’s New York Metropolitan Section

2011 – present    Executive Committee: American Mechanical Engineering Soc. (ASME) Material & Energy Recovery Division

2012                    National Academy of Engineering Fellow, Frontiers of Engineering Education

2010                    American Chemical Soc. Environmental Division Best Paper Presentation

2010                    Columbia University Presidential List of 100 Prestigious Faculty

2009                    National Science Foundation CAREER Award

2009                    International Precious Metal Institute Student Advisor Award

2007                    Chinese “111” Program of Overseas Academic Backbone University Introduction

2006                    Columbia University, SEAS Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award

2005                    ASME, Gas Turbine Award

2004                    ASME, Best Applications Paper Award

2002                    Manhattan College, Top 10 Engineering Professors



Ph.D.Chemical Engineering, 1997, University of California, Los Angeles; Advisor: Selim M. Senkan

M.S.Chemical Engineering, 1994, University of California, Los Angeles; Advisor: Selim M. Senkan

B.S.Chemical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, 1992, Manhattan College

Research Interests

Combustion, Gasification, and Catalytic Reaction Engineering. Waste to Energy.