Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Garrett Cole

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Office: Powerhouse Room 300

Garrett Cole

Research Associate, Sustainability Research Laboratory

Mechanical Engineering

Garrett received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University while studying the water energy nexus as a member of the Quinn research group in the Sustainability Research Laboratory. In his thesis, he addressed the feasibility and logistics of decentralized produced water recovery through various treatment methods using multi-objective optimization. After graduating, he returned to be a full-time research associate and has since remained a member of the Quinn group.

Garrett’s research interests lie in the sustainability and optimization of energy systems. Garrett is guiding experimental research and project direction through system modeling, techno-economic assessment (TEA), and life cycle analysis (LCA). Currently he is aiding the design of a membrane anaerobic digester for energy self-sufficient and cost-competitive wastewater treatment and the development of new algae to biofuel production pathways by defining critical design parameters through TEA and LCA. When he is not in his office, he can be found cycling or running through the mountains.


  • M.S. 2021, Colorado State University – Mechanical Engineering
  • B.S. 2019, Texas Tech University – Mechanical Engineering