Sherri Cook
Associate 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

  • CU Boulder's Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award 2022
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2021-2026
  • University of Colorado Boulder Bennett-Lindstedt Faculty Fellowship, 2018-2026
  • University of Colorado Boulder EVEN Faculty Appreciation Award (selected by B.S. students), 2019
  • 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. Peterson, E.; Summers, R.S.; Cook, S.M. Control of Pre-formed Halogenated Disinfection Byproducts with Reuse Biofiltration. Environmental Science & Technology (2023). 

  2. Chambers, K.G.; Sheridan, P.M.; Cook, S.M. Sanitation Criteria: A Comprehensive Review of Existing Sustainability and Resilience Evaluation Criteria for Sanitation Systems. Environmental Science & Technology Letters (2022), 9, 7, 583–591. 

  3. Bentley, M.; Solomon, M.E.; Marten, B.; Shimabuku, K.K.; Cook, S.M. Evaluating Landfill Leachate Treatment by Organic Municipal Solid Waste-derived Biochar. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology (2021), 7, 2064-2074. 

  4. Chambers, K.G.; Carrico, A.; Cook, S.M. Drivers of Sustained Sanitation Access: Social Network and Demographic Predictors of Latrine Reconstruction after Flooding Disasters. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology (2021), 7, 1861-1872. 
  5. 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.
  6. 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.