Sherri Cook
Assistant Professor
Environmental Engineering • Civil Systems • Engineering for Developing Communities

Office: SEEC S299


  • Ph.D., 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
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • Society of Women Engineers

Honors and Distinctions

  • 2013, Rackham Predoctoral Fellow
  • 2010, Graham Sustainability Institute Doctoral Fellow
  • 2009, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
  • 2008, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society National Fellow
  • 2008, Virginia Tech College of Engineering Outstanding Senior
  • 2007, 2006, Morris K. Udall Scholar

Latest Publications:

  1. Cook, S.M.; Skerlos, S.J.; Raskin, L.; Love, N.G. The establishment of a stability algorithm for anaerobic codigestion (2017), Water Research, 117, 19-28.
  2. Thompson, K.; 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.
  3. Cook, S.M.; VanDuinen, B.J.; Love, N.G.; Skerlos, S.J. Life cycle comparison of environmental emissions from three disposal options for unused pharmaceuticals. Environmental Science & Technology 2012, 46 (10), 5535-5541.