Joseph Cleary is a Board-Certified Environmental Engineer based in New Jersey with more than 46 years of experience focused on industrial wastewater, water reuse, energy recovery energy, and the treatment of emerging contaminates including pharmaceuticals and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
A subject matter expert in industrial wastewater treatment, Joe’s primary clientele are in the pharmaceutical, chemical, refinery, food and beverage, distillery, pulp and paper industries and landfills. His areas of expertise includes planning and feasibility studies to develop best technical solution; treatability and pilot studies; process development and modeling; engineering design; construction management; operation and maintenance; troubleshooting and operator training services. He has worked on industrial wastewater projects in the United States, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, India, and China and has delivered projects under a variety of project delivery options including construction management and operation and maintenance at risk as well as bringing financing to the client.
He continues to advance the state of the practice by both leading and participating in industrial workshops at WEFTEC, New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA), the Merck Symposium, in Puerto Rico and at leading universities. He has held Chair positions for the Water Environment Federation’s Industrial Wastewater Committee and the Microconstituents Community of Practice. Joe has delivered over fifty papers and presentations at various conferences and co-authored “Activated Sludge Technologies for Treating Industrial Wastewaters – Design and Troubleshooting” with W. Wes Eckenfelder, Jr.
Joe received the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Industrial Water Quality Lifetime Achievement Award and the Heukelekian Award for Outstanding Contribution in Industrial Waste Control from the NJWEA. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. (AAEE).