Akanksha Menon is an ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellow in the Prasher group. Her research interests are in the water-energy nexus, specifically on energy-efficient water desalination techniques. At Berkeley Lab, Akanksha is focused on treating high salinity waters by using solar energy and novel membrane processes, with the goal of achieving zero liquid discharge and closing the water loop. Akanksha obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2018, where she focused on developing polymer thermoelectric materials and devices for energy harvesting. Akanksha is a recipient of the 2017 MRS Graduate Student Award and has served as the Co-President of the Energy Club @ Georgia Tech.