Initial Publication Date: August 3, 2023

Enhancing Transdisciplinary Capacities through a Food-Energy-Water Graduate Training Program

Tuesday, August 22, 2023
1 pm PT | 2 pm MST | 3 pm CT | 4 pm ET

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Dr. Sybil Sharvelle, Colorado State University

Dr. Sybil Sharvelle is a Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Colorado State University with expertise in resource recovery. She received her doctoral degree from Purdue University, where she developed a biological processor for treatment of graywater for potable reuse during long duration space missions. This experience led to her current interest in sustainable concepts for water and waste management. Dr. Sharvelle has 20 years of experience working on resource recovery systems including recycled water, waste conversion to energy and high value products, and nutrient recovery from waste material. More recently, Dr. Sharvelle has engaged in research on food-energy-water connections and is the PI for InTERFEWS, Interdisciplinary Training, Education, and Research in Food-Energy-Water Systems, funded by the National Science Foundation.


The National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) funded Interdisciplinary Training, Education and Research in Food-Energy-Water Systems(InTERFEWS) program, located at Colorado State University, has a mission to prepare a diverse cohort of graduate students with the transdisciplinary and systems-level thinking skills necessary to make meaningful contributions to the complex and changing interactions in food-energy-water systems (FEWS) under water scarcity. InTERFEWS includes trainees from 8 CSU colleges and 27 departments. Program curriculum and workshops were designed to enhance transdisciplinary orientation and promote systems level thinking. Outcomes associated with transdisciplinary education and training activities have been evaluated and the program has been to increase capacity for transdisciplinary collaborative problem solving and research.


This virtual workshop will summarize elements of the InTERFEWS program that led to achieving transdisciplinary learning outcomes as well as some of the barriers to achieving these outcomes.



Duration: 1 hour
Format: Presentations will take place through a Zoom Meeting screen-sharing session. The virtual workshop will be recorded.
Accessing the Virtual Workshop: Instructions for joining the virtual workshop will be emailed to participants the day before the event.
Code of Conduct: Participants in all NC-FEW meetings and events are expected to abide by the NC-FEW Code of Conduct, which applies in all venues, events, and on-line forums associated with NC-FEW. Please read the full Code of Conduct Policy for details.
Questions? Please contact Bradlee Wahid Cotton ( if you have any questions about this event.