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R. Scott Summers, PhD, is a professor 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.


Dr. Summers has been evaluating the treatment of alternative water sources (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. For the last 10 years he has researched water treatment technologies for small communities. He has served on  national and international advisory panels and  was Director of the Environmental Engineering Program (EVEN) from 2013 to 2019.

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

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