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Pinar Omur-Ozbek, PhD.


Assistant Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-6670   Office: Scott 324

Email:   Lab:


Fields of Expertise

1.) Water and Waste Water Treatment
2.) Water Quality

Areas of Interest

 Effect of water infrastructure on flavor and safety of tap waterEmerging contaminants in surface and drinking waterTaste-and-odor issues with drinking waterWater quality and treatment of produced water from fracking operations


Dr. Pinar Omur-Ozbek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Colorado State University since 2009. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Tech, where she conducted an interdisciplinary research to investigate the metallic flavor of drinking water. Her research evolved from sensory analyses to medical and biomedical field to further study the effects of metals on oral epithelial cells. She also focused on taste-and-odor problems related to algal metabolites in source waters. Currently she is working on monitoring surface water quality in Northern Colorado, water treatment techniques for taste and odor removal, monitoring occurrence emerging contaminants in surface and wastewater samples, and water quality and treatment of produced water from fracking operations.