Sherri Cook
Assistant Professor
Environmental Engineering • Civil Systems • Mortenson Center in Global Engineering

Office: SEEC S299


  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 2014
  • MSE, Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 2009
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2008


  • Sustainable Water System Design and Implementation
  • Resource Recovery from Waste
  • Optimization within Stability Constraints and under Uncertainty
  • Environmental Biotechnology and Anaerobic Wastewater Treatment
  • Sustainability-Based Decision Making

Professional Affiliations

  • International Water Association
  • Water Environment Federation
  • American Water Works Association
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • Order of the Engineer

Honors and Distinctions

  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2021-2026
  • University of Colorado Boulder EVEN Faculty Appreciation Award (selected by B.S. students), 2019
  • University of Colorado Boulder Bennett-Lindstedt Faculty Fellowship, 2018-2022
  • University of Colorado Boulder CEAE Young Researcher Award, 2018
  • Virginia Tech CEE Outstanding Young Alumni, 2018
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2009
  • Virginia Tech College of Engineering Outstanding Senior, 2008
  • Morris K. Udall Scholar, 2007, 2006

Latest Publications:

  1. Thompson, K.A.; Valencia, E.; Summers, R.S.; Cook, S.M. Sorption, coagulation, and biodegradation for greywater reuse. Water Science & Technology (2020), 81 (10), 2152–2162.
  2. Davis, A.L.; Javernick-Will, A.; Cook, S.M. Analyzing sanitation sustainability assessment frameworks for resource-limited communities. Environmental Science & Technology (2019), 53 (22), 13535-13545.
  3.  Davis, A.L.; Javernick-Will, A.; Cook, S.M. Priority Addressment Protocol: Understanding the Ability and Potential of Sanitation Systems to Address Priorities. Environmental Science & Technology (2019), 53 (1), 401-411.
  4. Jones, C.H., Meyer, J., Cornejo, P.K., Hogrewe, W., Seidel, C.; Cook, S.M.* A new framework for small drinking water plant sustainability support and decision-making. Science of the Total Environment (2019), 695, 133899.
  5. Jones, C.H.; Terry, L.G.; Summers, R.S.; Cook, S.M. Environmental Life Cycle Comparison of Conventional and Biological Filtration Alternatives for Drinking Water Treatment. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology (2018), 4, 1464-1479.
  6. Thompson, K.A.; Shimabuku, K.K.; Kearns, J.P.; Knappe, D.R.U.; Summers, R.S.; Cook, S.M. Environmental comparison between biochar and activated carbon for tertiary wastewater treatment (2016), Environmental Science & Technology, 50 (20), 11253-11262.