Joseph Cleary, P.E., BCEE

Joseph Cleary is a Principal Environmental Engineer based in New Jersey with more than 44 years of experience focused on industrial wastewater, water reuse, waste to energy, and the treatment of emerging contaminates.

Joe specializes in industrial wastewater treatment and his 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, and China.

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, 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.

In 2012, 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 in 2009. He is a registered professional engineer in New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico and is Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. (AAEE).

Contact Joseph Cleary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +1-201-940-7211.

Career Summary: Joseph Cleary, P.E., BCEE

  • Specialties: Industrial Wastewater; Sustainability; Water Reuse and Waste to Energy; Fate of Pharmaceuticals and Microconstituents
  • Practice Areas: Water Management
  • Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering
  • Education: B.E., Civil Engineering, Manhattan College, 1971; M.E., Environmental Engineering, Manhattan College, 1973

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