Environmental engineering and construction firm Brown and Caldwell announced Dr. Randall Watts has joined the company as industrial water senior process engineer.

Having spent his 24 year career until now at Merck, Watts brings an impressive background of specialized water and wastewater experience in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. He has served as technical lead on numerous high-profile projects to improve treatment system performance — including the treatment of endocrine-disrupting compounds and other active pharmaceutical ingredients and constituents — at production facilities in multiple countries. His expertise covers water supply and sustainability, wastewater process design, wastewater system optimization, field and pilot study design and coordination, system start-up and operational support and operational efficiency.

As a key addition to Brown and Caldwell’s Industrial Water Group, Watts will be responsible for developing and implementing tailored solutions to the chemical and pharmaceutical industry’s most complex water and wastewater challenges. He will lead process engineering and design on projects encompassing water use reduction, water and wastewater treatment and reuse, active pharmaceutical ingredient management, nutrient removal, smart utilities and systems operation and optimization.

“I am delighted to welcome Randall to our team of industrial water experts,” said Brown and Caldwell Director of Industrial Water Si Givens. “His deep knowledge of chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing and water and wastewater treatment in these industries will provide our clients with heightened technical knowledge, rigor, innovation, and responsiveness, translating to the development of unique and robust solutions that provide long-term value.”

Based in Philadelphia, Watts has a doctorate and a master’s in environmental engineering and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.