Zachary D. Hendren

Research Environmental Engineer

Zachary Hendren


  • PhD, Duke University
  • MS, New Mexico State University
  • BS, New Mexico State University

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Zachary D. Hendren, PhD, has broad experience in drinking water and wastewater engineering system design, monitoring, and analysis. His work has encompassed a range of stakeholders that spans large-scale industrial refineries to small municipal water treatment superintendents. He has extensive expertise in the development of novel technical solutions for water treatment and reuse.

Dr. Hendren’s work has been funded by the WateReuse Foundation, National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These projects have spanned a wide spectrum of technologies, end-user population sizes, and contaminants of concern, and have resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations, as well as technical reports to provide user guidance.

His current research interests lie in the development of technology-specific membranes to improve performance of next-generation water treatment technologies, as well as taking a systems approach to developing innovative energy-saving solutions at the water/energy nexus.

He has previously worked as an adjunct assistant professor at North Carolina Central University, an environmental consultant with Las Uvas Dairy, and a process engineer at Eastman Chemical Company. Dr. Hendren is a member of the Water Environmental Federation, North Carolina American Water Works Association, and the North American Membrane Society, and he serves as a reviewer for Desalination, Desalination and Water Treatment, and Water Research.