Sybil E. Sharvelle, PhD.

Associate Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Fields of Expertise

Water Quality and Treatment

Areas of Interest

Wastewater and graywater reuse, Biological process engineering, Conversion of waste to energy, Integrated urban water management


Dr. Sybil Sharvelle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a member of the Environmental Engineering focus area. Her research interests include water reuse (graywater and reclaimed water), integrated urban water management, and waste conversion to energy. Sybil contributes to the CSU Institute for Livestock and Environment with the goal of finding practical, economical solutions to minimize environmental impacts from the livestock industry. Dr. Sharvelle received a Ph.D. from Purdue University, where her research involved design and optimization of a biotrickling filter for simultaneous treatment of graywater and waste gas. A major component of this research effort was to examine the fate of surfactants in the biotrickling filter. While pursuing a M.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado, Dr. Sharvelle optimized the nitrification and denitrification steps in a biological processor for treatment of wastewater highly concentrated with ammonia.