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Thomas D. Waite, PhD, PE

Title: Founder and President
Company: Ferrate Solutions
Location: Melbourne, Florida, United States

Thomas D. Waite, PhD, PE, founder and president of Ferrate Solutions, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in water treatment and chemical engineering.

Dr. Waite has dedicated his career to the development and marketing of compounds and strategies for water treatment and purification. He is the founder and president of Ferrate Solutions, a company specializing in drinking water and wastewater management with ferrate, a complex iron oxide that he helped pioneer for environmental applications in the 1970s. Dr. Waite holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in civil and environmental engineering from Northeastern University, and continued his education at Harvard University, where he completed a Master of Science in environmental engineering and his Doctor of Philosophy. He began his career with Ballast Water Treatment Systems, a part of the International Maritime Organization, and went on to consult for the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency. 

Dr. Waite spent three years as the National Science Foundation’s Environmental Engineering Program Director before joining the faculty at the Florida Institute of Technology, where he remained for more than four decades, stepping down in 2014 after being granted emeritus status. During his time at the Florida Institute of Technology, Dr. Waite served as dean of the engineering department, associate dean and dean of research, and a department head. He is the author of more than 150 technical reports and research presentations, including “Principles of Water Quality” and “Mathematics of Environmental Processes,” and is a founding member of the University of Florida Solid and Hazardous Waste Center and the Legislature for Ocean and History and Projects Board. He is a two-time University of Miami Provost Award recipient and is widely regarded as an industry figurehead, sitting on four national research committees and working with the EPA and the Department of Agriculture to develop water-sustainable farming strategies for the future.


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