Dr. R. Scott Summers

Dr. R. Scott Summers

Professor of Environmental Engineering ,
University of Colorado

Since 1998 Dr. Summers has been a professor of environmental engineering at the University of Colorado – Boulder. He has over 30 years of drinking water research experience. He spent two years as a research associate at the USEPA national research lab, two years as a research associate at the German water works research institute (DVGW) at the University of Karlsruhe, 10 years as a professor at the University of Cincinnati and was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Crete (Greece). He holds BS and MS degrees from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD from Stanford University in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

His areas of expertise are adsorption and biological treatment technologies as applied to natural organic matter, disinfection by-products, trace organic contaminants and taste & odor. For the last 10 years he has researched water treatment technologies for developing communities, including funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and water reuse treatment.

He is the director of the DeRISK Center (2013-present) and was director of the Center for Drinking Water Optimization (1998-2004) both funded by the USEPA and focus on small drinking water systems. He has been the principal investigator (PI) or coPI of over 30 research projects. He has served as the research advisor for over 25 PhD and 50 MS students and has co-authored over 250 publications and 150 presentations. He received the 2013 A.P. Black Award for drinking water research from AWWA.

Dr. Summers has served as a principal technical consultant to USEPA’s regulatory development and review process including; Microbial/Disinfection Byproduct Rule cluster (1992-2001), National Drinking Water Advisory Council on Arsenic (2001), Lead and Cooper Rule (2004-2005) and Total Coliform Rule/Distribution System Advisory Committee (2006-2008).