New Jersey Institute of Technology Professor Believes Water Supply Is Safe, But Warns People To Watch For Criminal Activity

What: The nationís water supply should be safe from terrorism because water treatment plants have a chemical process that regularly removes contaminants. In addition, the notion that biological or chemical agents could contaminate water supplies should not cause alarm because huge amounts of toxins would be needed to poison the water. Were terrorists even to succeed, as long as the treatment processing plant knows of the act, the toxins can be contained, says NJIT engineering professor Hsin-Neng Hsieh. He adds that the federal and local government need to monitor people trying to buy large amounts of contaminants. Residents who might think they see someone suspicious dumping materials into an upstream river, should notify their local police.

Who: Hsin-Neng Hsieh, P.E., Ph.D. professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate chair of the department, has an expertise in water treatment. His office phone is (973) 596-5859, email address He is available evenings and weekends at (732)-257-5665.

When: Sept. 22-28, 2001

How: Call Hsieh, or contact the public relations department weekdays at the above number or evenings and weekends at the following numbers: Sheryl Weinstein, 973-994-3257; Robert Florida, 201-420-8844.

NJIT is a public research university enrolling over 8,800 bachelor's, master's and doctoral students in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives include manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation, computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building science. According to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine rankings, NJIT has been America's most wired public university for three consecutive years.

Contact Information:   Sheryl Weinstein
Robert Florida
Public Relations 
(973) 596-3433