Tenzin Phakdon


Tenzin Phakdon is a first year PhD student in Environmental Engineering. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Government Engineering College, CG and a master’s in Environmental engineering from University of Arizona. She has experience operating bench scale advanced oxidation process to investigate the role of singlet oxygen in removal of trace organic contaminants in effluent wastewater. Her current research focuses on treatment of landfill leachate using hybrid osmotically driven membrane processes, i.e. reverse osmosis, forward osmosis and membrane distillation. When not in lab, she likes to read novels and volunteer for Arizona friends of Tibet. 


  • Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) graduate fellowship (2019-2020)

  • Dalai Lama Foundation Graduate Scholarship (2018)

  • Fulbright Scholarship, Department of State, United States (2015-2017)

  • Chemical Engineering Graduate Scholarship Award, University of Arizona (2015-2017)

  • Merit Scholarship, Department of Education, Dharamsala, India

Email: tphakdon@email.arizona.edu