Lauren M. Cook

Ph.D. Candidate, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University


Lauren is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, studying under Dr. Constantine Samaras. The overarching topic of her study is climate change adaptation, and more specifically, how to adapt urban drainage infrastructure to future, non-stationary, precipitation events. She is currently evaluating the effectiveness of bio-retention basins under changes in precipitation due to climate change. Bio-retention basins are a type of stormwater infrastructure that allows for infiltration and evapotranspiration of runoff.

Lauren received her B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering in 2010 from the University of Maryland, College Park. She focused on water resources and hydrology, while minoring in International Engineering and French. In 2012, she obtained her Master's degree in Industrial Engineering, specializing in Energy Markets, from the French Institute of Petroleum (IFP School), located near Paris, France. Her Master's thesis involved the optimization of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) network in the Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands (BENELUX) region.

Selected Publications

Cook, L., McGinnis, S., and C. Samaras (2018) "Uncertainty in Sub-daily Climate Corrected Precipitation Frequency Curves and Effects on Stormwater Design" J. Hydrology (Under Review)

Cook, L., Anderson, C.J., and C. Samaras (2017) "A Framework for Incorporating Downscaled Climate Output into Existing Engineering Methods: Application to Precipitation Frequency Curves." J. Infr Systems. 23(4) link

Cook, L.M., Samaras, C, and J.M. VanBriesen (2018) "A Mathematical Model to Plan for Long-term Effects of Water Conservation Choices on Dry Weather Wastewater Flows and Concentrations," Journal of Environmental Management, Volume 206, 15 January 2018, Pages 684-697, ISSN 0301-4797, link

Fischbach, J.R., Siler-Evans, K., Wilson, M., Tierney, D., Cook, L. and L. May (2017) "Resilient Stormwater Management in Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Region: A Pilot Study." RAND Research Report. link

Current CV