Julie Korak
Assistant Professor, Professional Engineer (CO)
Environmental Engineering • Mortenson Center in Global Engineering

Office: SEEC S291B


  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder (2009)
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder (2013)
  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder (2014)

Honors and Distinctions:

  • Early Career Editorial Advisory Board, Environmental Science and Technology (2020-present)
  • Best Membrane Technology Paper in Journal of the American Water Works Association (2019)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2011)
  • Outstanding Graduate for the College of Engineering at University of Colorado at Boulder (2009)
  • Silver Medal Finalist from the Colorado Engineering Council (2009)


  • Water treatment engineering
  • Inorganic contaminant removal
  • Internal corrosion control
  • Online monitoring of natural and engineered processes

Recent Publications:

  1. Korak, J.A.; Flint, L.C.; Arias-Paić, M.S.; Decreasing waste brine volume from anion exchange with nanofiltration: implications for multiple treatment cycles. Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 2021,  7, 886-903.
  2. Arias-Paić, M.S.; Korak, J.A.; Forward Osmosis for Ion Exchange Waste Brine Management, 2020, Environmental Science and Technology Letters, 7,2,111-117. 
  3. McKay, G.; Korak, J. A.; Rosario-Ortiz, F. L. Temperature dependence of the fluorescence of dissolved organic matter: Implications for DOM photophysics. Environmental Science and Technology, 2018, 52, 9022-9032.
  4. McKay, G.M.; Korak, J.A.; Erickson, P.R.; Latch, D.E.; McNeill, K.; Rosario-Ortiz, F.L. The case against charge transfer interactions in dissolved organic matter photophysics. Environmental Science and Technology, 2018, 52, 406-414.
  5. Korak, J.A.; Huggins, R; Arias-Paic, M. Regeneration of pilot-scale ion exchange columns for hexavalent chromium removal. Water Research, 2017, 118, 141-151.