Kurby earned his B.S. and M.S. from University of Colorado Boulder.  in 2019, he obtained his Ph.D from the University of Colorado under Karl Linden. His dissertation research consisted of developing methods to isolate and analyze organic compounds in hydraulic fracturing wastewater, as well investigating physical, chemical, and biological treatment options for wastewater from unconventional gas drilling. He hopes his research will contribute to increased water reuse in the energy industry and the world in general.