Year Inducted / Awarded: 2009
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
John Dresty, Jr. is President and CEO of Clearwater Systems Corp. of Essex, CT, a company he founded in 1998 based upon his patented low-energy consuming, non-chemical water treatment technology. The company enjoys annual sales of nearly $10 million and employs 27 people. Mr. Dresty previously was Executive Director of the Environmental Research Institute at the University of Connecticut (’92-’97), where he managed R&D activities in environmental studies including site remediation, pollution prevention and recycling. Earlier in his career, Mr. Dresty served as President of UNC Reclamation, Inc. of Mulberry, FL (’89-’92), which extracts useful metal compounds from hazardous waste at the commercial scale. In 1979, he founded and served as President of Suisman Titanium Corp. based on his patented invention for titanium scrap recycling, which led to the re-use of 30 million pounds of strategic metal in engine and airframe manufacture. After earning his M.S. degree, Mr. Dresty worked in various engineering and managerial roles within United Nuclear Corp. from ’72 to ’79. He earned his B.S. in Materials Engineering from RPI (’69) and his J.D. at the University of Connecticut (’80).