Kerri Hickenbottom

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Kerri Hickenbottom is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Arizona. She completed her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Science and Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Hickenbottom has worked on novel membrane processes for over ten years with specialty in forward osmosis, pressure retarded osmosis, and membrane distillation. Her research focuses on investigating the technical, environmental, and economic potential of novel, engineered systems for resource recovery and reclamation of waste streams. Her research projects include investigating a hybrid, membrane-based process for energy generation from low-grade heat, advanced treatment processes for recovery of drilling wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, and management of concentrate streams for zero-liquid discharge. She enjoys taking her research outside of the laboratory by presenting at professional conferences and participating in K-12 outreach initiatives.


  • PhD, Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2015
  • MD, Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno