Sara Schwetschenau


Sara Schwetschenau is a post-doctoral research scientist at the Columbia Water Center.  She completed her Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University in the department of Engineering in Public Policy. Her research focuses on long-term infrastructure planning for water infrastructure using optimization and statistical modeling techniques. Prior to completing her doctorate, she worked as an environmental engineer, involved in the planning, design, and evaluation of wastewater infrastructure and advanced treatment plants in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Research areas: multi-objective optimization, applied statistics, and risk analysis; Drinking water and wastewater systems, decision-making under uncertainty and policy analysis.

Specialist in: Water and wastewater treatment and distribution systems; drinking water contaminant risk assessment.