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Scott Satinover

Bioenergy and Biofuels


Supervising Faculty: Abhijeet Borole and Terry Hazen

Scott was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, a small suburb of Chicago just across the city limit. He completed a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in applied mathematics. While there, Scott was active in a variety of student organizations and was a teaching assistant for two years for several Mechanical Engineering and applied math courses.

Upon graduation, Scott decided to pursue an opportunity as a hydraulic fracturing engineer for Halliburton. There, Scott was based out of Hobbs, New Mexico, for three years. As a leader on location for many of the wells, Scott was responsible for technical support and quality assurance related to hydraulic fracturing services Halliburton conducted on location. Desiring the intellectual challenge he had grown accustomed to at Colorado, he has since decided to pursue a PhD at the Bredesen center, though his work is not entirely unrelated to the oilfield. With his advisor, Scott is currently working on designing and characterizing bioelectrochemical reactors that use oil well produced water at ORNL. This waste water, which is otherwise disposed of underground, could be useful for producing electricity, hydrogen, or other novel compounds for a variety of additional energy applications. He hopes that this technology will help to mitigate the environmental impacts of waste water injection, which can run the risk of contaminating shallow/surface aquifers and may be linked to induced earth quakes.

When Scott isn’t working at the lab or on campus, he can be found writing short stories and opinion pieces. He also volunteers on the weekends. Ask him about Habitat for Humanity and FIRST Robotics!


Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado at Boulder

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

Professional Service

  • Tau Beta Pi – Member, former Colorado Beta Chapter Vice President
  • Pi Tau Sigma - Member
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Undergraduate Student Committee - representative
  • Habitat for Humanity – Volunteer
  • First Lego League – Project Judge Volunteer

Awards and Recognitions

  • President’s Scholarship recipient – 2007-2011
  • Chancellor’s Scholarship – 2007-2011
  • University of Colorado ITLL Expo Viewer’s Choice Award - 2011
  • University of Colorado Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Expo – 3rd place award - 2011
  • Cum Laude - 2012
  • Active Learning Award -2012
  • Dean’s List – 6 semesters (undergraduate only)
  • Applause Award - Halliburton - 2013


Google Scholar Profile: Scott Satinover

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