This year’s National Engineering Month is coming to an end, but not before we celebrate another one of ADI Systems’ industrious engineers! In previous blog posts, we discuss how our world-class team of engineers design sophisticated wastewater treatment systems and how these are expertly constructed. Now it’s time to get the system running smoothly!
Our process engineers are responsible for commissioning ADI Systems’ technologies and making sure the systems treat the wastewater as intended. They provide ongoing process technical support to industrial processors around the world, and offer helpful guidance when treatment plant processes change or production increases so that effluent limits can be continuously met.
These engineers are also involved in researching and developing new ways to reliably treat industrial wastewater. They collect and analyze wastewater samples for treatability and perform pilot testing. Then things come full circle; the latest developments in wastewater treatment technology are passed along to ADI Systems’ customers.
In this interview with Gustavo Zanatta, we explore the world of process engineering.
Gustavo Zanatta, EIT
Gus is an environmental engineer-in-training who is responsible for wastewater treatment system commissioning, training, and R&D efforts for ADI Systems.
Q: Why did you choose to study engineering?
A: As a kid I was always getting in trouble for taking apart and rebuilding just about everything around the house. In some form or another, I knew I would end up being an engineer. I studied Mechanical Engineering, followed by a Masters in Environmental Engineering focusing on wastewater treatment. During my undergraduate degree, I was working on developing a process to anaerobically digest sea lettuce. Little did I know this would lead to an introduction to ADI Systems and a nine year career working with one of the most innovative companies.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: First and foremost, I love the unique challenges. It’s exciting coming up with new and innovative solutions to rising environmental issues that are important to all of us. My job has also afforded me the chance to travel to new countries and continents, and to be exposed to new cultures and ways of thinking. This is something I really enjoy and find quite refreshing. It’s always a great feeling when you can help a client overcome challenges and know that your work will have a positive impact on the environment for years to come.
Q: What is your favourite project? Why?
A: My favorite project so far has been Laticínios Bela Vista Ltda. This was an interesting and challenging project that provided the opportunity to work with a sustainability leader in Brazil. When we began work with Laticínios Bela Vista Ltda., they proved they were a company ready to make new, innovative decisions with a focus on environmental stewardship. This led to the development and installation of the first large-scale anaerobic digester for dairy wastewater in Brazil, including biogas utilization to offset softwood lumber use in their boiler. This plant caused quite the stir in the Brazilian market and proved that companies like Laticínios Bela Vista Ltda. can tend to both their business and the environment without giving one up for the other.