Meet Michael

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About Michael Keleman

I am the Lead Environmental Engineer at InSinkErator and came to join the company after 20 years of experience in the wastewater field, starting at a laboratory in Lafayette, Indiana and progressing to supervision and management of facilities capable of treating from .3 MGD to 50 MGD (including plants required to address combined sewer overflows.)  My work at InSinkErator is a unique combination of supervising research projects, interfacing with municipal treatment plant operators around the world, giving talks at technical conferences and working with marketing folks as they translate technical terms into language that everyday people understand.  It’s a fascinating job with no two days alike, and one that brings me into contact with a lot of interesting and successful people inside and outside of business, government and academia.


The purpose of my blog is to maintain conversations with so many of you I’ve been fortunate enough to meet, speak with, tweet, or text regarding our shared interest in food waste’s effect on municipal wastewater treatment facilities.  My hope is to stay on-topic as much as possible in order to promote discussions of interest, and ones that may be useful to all of us in our respective fields.

My Background

I obtained a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in Environmental Health Science and hold various certifications and licenses for water and wastewater treatment operations. I’m a Registered Environmental Health Specialist with the National Environmental Health Association. I’ve recently completed my Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering where my capstone project was titled “Mass Balance Evaluation of Food Waste Carbon on the Conventional Activated Sludge Process.” It’s likely to be the subject of one blog. On second thought, with a subject like that, make it two blogs.

In my free time – which will greatly expand after graduation — I pursue my interest in golf, fishing, biking and various other outdoor pursuits.  I live in Wisconsin, which offers a lot of opportunity for outside activity, especially the one known as “snow-shoveling.”


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