Clean Technology 2009
Joseph E. Zuback

Joseph E. Zuback

President
Global Water Advisors, Inc.

Joseph E. Zuback is the President and Founder of Global Water Advisors, Inc., a firm that specializes in providing support to global water managers, solution providers, and investors regarding the performance, development, and commercialization of advanced water technology products and systems.

Mr. Zuback’s thirty-five years experience in the water industry spans the spectrum of municipal, industrial, commercial, and residential water and wastewater treatment markets around the world. He retired at the end of 2008 from Siemens Water Technologies Corp. where he served as Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President, and a member of the Executive Council management team. His responsibilities included senior management direction of new product rationalization and development processes, intellectual property management, technology risk assessment, new venture commercialization strategies, and coordination with Siemens’ global network of water technology partners. During his Siemens tenure, Mr. Zuback served as Siemens’ chief water technology spokesman at numerous global water policy and technology conferences and panels.

Prior to Siemens acquisition of USFilter in 2004, Mr. Zuback served in a variety of senior management roles in support of USFilter’s rapid growth from $50 million to $5 billion in annual water technology and services revenue. While responsible for USFilter sales in the Western US, he co-chaired the Municipal Strategic Market Team that integrated sales and marketing strategies for multiple municipal product companies acquired over an 18 month period with annual revenue exceeding $500 million. For six years prior to and during the ownership of USFilter by Veolia Water, Mr. Zuback created and managed the Corporate Projects Group that was tasked to integrate and supervise the development and execution of large or high risk projects and commercial opportunities that spanned multiple USFilter product and services business centers. As USFilter’s “SWAT Team”, CPG supported or led projects as diverse as large municipal water public-private partnership projects, the Salton Sea Restoration Demonstration Project, and a fast track seawater filtration solution for the set of the movie “Titanic”.

Before joining USFilter in 1994, Mr. Zuback was assigned a variety of water technology development and regional sales responsibilities with Infilco Degremont and Dow Chemical. Over his long water industry career, he has been a “serial inventor” of many water technology improvements and a passionate supporter of continuous global water technology innovation. Mr. Zuback’s retirement from Siemens coincided with his selection as “Siemens Water Technology Inventor of the Year” for 2008 for a method that significantly reduces the energy requirements of Siemens’ membrane bioreactor product line.

A graduate of Purdue University, Mr. Zuback holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and has been a licensed General Engineering Contractor in the State of California for 20 years. He currently serves as a board member for the Water Environment Research Foundation and was a member of the International Advisory Panel for Singapore’s Environment & Water Industry Development Council from 2006 to 2008. He has also served on the Advisory Board for the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department for the University of California in Riverside and as an advisor to the US Strategic Water Initiative under the auspices of the University of Illinois and WATERCAMPwS.

Speaking in the symposium on Water Technologies & Management

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