Ryan P. Shortal
Graduate Student (M.S.)
Ryan Shortal is a Master's student in the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at the University of Arizona. He is from St. Louis, Missouri and earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri in 2009. In 2015, he successfully completed his Peace Corps service in Tanzania where he served as a high school biology teacher for 2 years. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and works part time at the Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center. He was awarded the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship. He volunteers at the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning and serves as President of the University of Arizona Peace Corps Fellows Club. In the past, he has researched the use of immobilized enzyme technology for the removal of endocrine disrupting compounds in contaminated waters. His current research focuses on treating wastewater effluent with coagulants prior to microfiltration using ceramic membranes. This research is aimed at reducing costs as well as decreasing the amount of energy required for water and wastewater treatment. The knowledge gained from this research will be of great value when exploring the feasibility of implementing direct potable reuse of wastewater as a viable water supply management option.