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R. Scott Summers, PhD, is a professor emeritus in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His focus in teaching, advising, and research is on water reuse and sustainability.


For more than 40 years, Dr. Summers has been evaluating the treatment of alternative water sources such as stormwater, graywater, wastewater effluent and combined sewer overflow using coagulation, biofiltration and biochar/activated carbon adsorption to control specific organic micropollutants, including disinfection byproducts (DBPs), and bulk organic matter including DBP precursors. He has served on national and international advisory panels and was the Director of the Environmental Engineering Program (EVEN) from 2013 to 2019 and currently is co-Director of the Water Reuse Program/Environmental Engineering Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder

Summers has a BS and MS from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD from Stanford University.

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