Rodolfo Peon

Agnese Nelms Haury Fellow
Arid Lands Resource Sciences, Graduate Interdisciplinary Program

Rodolfo Peon is a Ph.D. student in the UA’s Arid Lands Resource Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program with a minor in Optical Sciences. He is currently a Research Assistant at the Steward Observatory Solar Lab and an active collaborator of the University of Arizona Desalination Group. As part of his research, Rodolfo is working on the integration of high concentration solar photovoltaics with desalination technology, to provide vulnerable non-serviced communities in the Navajo Nation with drinking water and electricity at the same time. In addition, Rodolfo is exploring environmentally friendly ways to use generated brine for agricultural purposes, which significantly increases the possibilities for food production and income generation for the end users. With more than 13 years of experience with solar energy and rural development, Rodolfo is convinced that integral approaches are key to assure Water, Energy and Food security for future generations.

Accepted Scholar:



Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation

College of Engineering 

College of Science Galileo Circle

Graduate College

Arizona Institute for Resilience

Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment & Social Justice

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences