About Simon Judd

With over 25 years’ post-doctorate experience in both academic and industrial R&D, Simon's work has spanned all aspects of water and wastewater treatment technology.

Simon has an extensive network of contacts within the water industry, both nationally and internationally and has provided a full range of consultancy services to industry clients, from technology appraisal to troubleshooting of full-scale installations.

He currently occupies the Maersk Oil Professorial Chair in Environmental Engineering at Qatar University. He is also Professor in Membrane Technology at the Cranfield Water Science Institute at Cranfield University in the UK, where he has been a staff member since 1992.

Simon Judd

Simon has procured and managed a number of large, industrially-focused collaborative R&D programmes. His areas of research have been based primarily on membrane technology, and he has successfully supervised over 30 research student programmes (22 at doctorate level). Having over 170 publications and an h index of 39 (SCOPUS), Simon has published extensively in the peer-reviewed research literature. He has (co-)authored five textbooks in membrane and MBR technology and two in general water/wastewater treatment technology.

He has delivered keynote presentations at many international conferences, as well as consultancy to clients, and bespoke courses to delegates across Europe, America, the Middle East and Far East. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Associate Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. In 2015, he was voted no. 5 in Water and Wastewater International’s website poll Celebrating the Water Industry’s High Fliers.

Simon's Highlights

  • Holds professorial posts at two different universities in the Gulf and in the UK.
  • Over 25 years’ post-doctorate experience in municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment technology development, including project procurement, management and delivery.
  • Management of more than 15 large, long-term consortium projects for UK and overseas water utilities, consulting and contracting clients, mainly in membrane technology and including micropollutant fate in wastewater processes, water reuse and industrial effluent treatment.
  • Consultancy provided to clients internationally (North, Central and South America, Europe, Middle East and Far East) on membrane, MBR and biological treatment technology, ranging from market/technology appraisal to troubleshooting of full-scale installations.
  • Supervision of over 30 completed research student programmes and more than 90 masters’ thesis projects.
  • Author of ‘The MBR Book’ (two editions), ‘Watermaths’ (three editions), and ‘Industrial MBRs’. Co-author of three other reference/text books on membrane technology and general water and wastewater treatment design. Chapters contributed to five other general reference books.
  • Extensive networking contacts across UK and EU research groups: key collaborator in three large EU Framework MBR projects and over 10 other significant collaborative research programmes at Cranfield. Principal investigator of three large research projects in Qatar.
  • Extensive professional links with senior managers across the UK and international water industry, in particular membrane and MBR technology suppliers, practitioners, consultants and end users.
  • Over 170 publications in peer-reviewed journals; h factor of 39 on SCOPUS.
  • Key applied research in cost benefit analysis and process optimisation for membrane technologies, and membrane bioreactor technology in particular.
  • Procurement of more than £7m of research funding, almost 50% directly from industry.
  • Editorial board/committee member of four learned journals.
  • Owner of ‘The MBR Group’ on LinkedIn.com (over 5,300 members), with over 3400 personal profile connections/followers.
  • Owner/Manager of The MBR Site (www.thembrsite.com), SludgeProcessing.com and author of The MBR Blog.