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Ayush Raj Shahi is a PhD student in the Environmental Engineering program and in the Global Engineering Certificate Program. His research focuses on Arsenic Treatment using ion exchange in drinking water for small-scale communities. He was born and brought up in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Ayush has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tribhuvan University in Nepal. He also graduated with an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico in July 2019. His research at the University of New Mexico focused on treatment of wastewater from Flue Gas Desulphurization using ion exchange and nanofiltration. He has worked on a road construction and maintenance project in rural western Nepal for one and a half years. In the summer of 2020, he did a remote practicum with iDE working on projects with the Global WASH, Cambodia, and Bangladesh teams. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and cooking and trying new cuisines.