Portrait of Nick Valcourt
PhD Graduate
Civil Systems • Engineering for Developing Communities

Nick's doctoral research focuses on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) systems in developing countries. His work, supported by USAID, examines the application of systems thinking and analysis approaches to intractable WASH issues from the local to national level in four divergent country contexts. Prior to graduate school, Nick worked as a water and wastewater consultant on domestic and international infrastructure and planning projects as well as consulted for non-profit organizations working on water and sanitation projects in Peru, Haiti, and Morocco. Nick is also a member of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities Leadership Team and one of the principal organizers of the Colorado WASH Symposium. Nick spends his non-academic time designing houses, building furniture, climbing, skiing, hiking, and relaxing in the mountains outside of Boulder.


  • MS in Civil Engineering (Civil Systems), University of Colorado Boulder, 2016

  • Certificate in Engineering for Developing Communities, University of Colorado Boulder, 2015

  • BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering, The George Washington University, 2007


  • Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities Fellow, 2016

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2015