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Dr. Cook is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her M.S. and PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, and B.S. from Virginia Tech. Sherri’s current research and teaching interests are focused on the design and development of sustainable water treatment systems, for small systems in both developed and developing communities. Her first project in resource limited communities was during her undergraduate studies. She continued this work as research during her PhD and now as a professor and she is part of multiple research projects, with over 7 million dollars of external funding, that focus on designing and implementing sustainable and resilient water, sanitation, and civil systems.


  • 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
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Order of the Engineer    

Honors and Distinctions

  • 2018, University of Colorado Boulder CEAE Young Researcher Award 
  • 2018, University of Colorado Boulder Bennett-Lindstedt Faculty Fellowship
  • 2018, Virginia Tech CEE Outstanding Young Alumni
  • 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. 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. Link.   

  2. 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. Link

  3. Jones, C.H.; Shilling, E.; Linden, K.; Cook, S.M. Life Cycle Environmental Impacts of Disinfection Technologies Used in Small Drinking Water Systems. Environmental Science & Technology52 (5), 2998–3007. Link.  

  4. Keshavarzmohammadian, A.; Cook, S.M.; Milford, J.B. Cradle-to-gate Environmental Impacts of Sulfur-based Solid-state Lithium Batteries for Electric Vehicle Applications. Journal of Cleaner Production (2018), DOI: 0.1016/j.jclepro.2018.08.168. Link.  

  5. Byrne, D.M.; Lohman, H.A.C.; Cook, S.M.; Peters, G.M.; Guest, J.S. Life cycle assessment (LCA) of urban water infrastructure: Emerging approaches to balance objectives and inform comprehensive decision-making (2017), Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology3, 1002-1014. Link.   

  6. Thompson, K.A.; Summers, R.S.; Cook, S.M. Development and experimental validation of the composition and treatability of a new synthetic bathroom greywater (SynGrey) (2017), Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology3, 1120-1131. Link.

  7. 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. Link.  

  8. 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. Link.