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Dr. Cook is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her current research and teaching interests are focused on the design and development of sustainable and resilient water, sanitation, and civil systems, especially for small and resource limited communities.


  • 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
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • Davis, A.L.; Javernick-Will, A.; Cook, S.M. Identifying pathways to successful sanitation interventions in resource limited communities using qualitative comparative analysis. Science of the Total Environment (2019), 663, 507-517.
  • 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. 
  • Davis, A.L.; Javernick-Will, A.; Cook, S.M. A Comparison of Interviews, Focus Groups, and Photovoice to Identify Sanitation Priorities and Increase Success of Community-based Sanitation Systems. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology (2018), 4, 1451-1463.
  • Trimmer, J.T.; Miller, D.C.; Byrne, D.M; Lohman, H.A.C.; Banadda, N; Baylis, K.; Cook, S.M.; Cusick, R.D.; Jjuuko, F.; Margenot, A.J.; Zerai, A.; Guest, J.S.* Re-envisioning sanitation as a human-derived resource system. Environmental Science & Technology (2020), 54 (17), 10446–10459.
  • 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.