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Charles A. Clerecuzio Elected 2013 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year

11/14/12
On November 13, 2012, Charles A. Clerecuzio, PE, CPIP was elected as the 2013 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year. Chuck is the President of Solutions4CO2 (U.S.), Inc. and was nominated by International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and International Society of Automation (ISA).

Charles A. Clerecuzio, PE, CPIP, has been a leader and dedicated volunteer in pharmaceutical engineering and chemical engineering in the Delaware Valley. As a member of ISPE for over 20 years he has worked with engineers from all disciplines to help bring critical drugs to market. He is currently President of the U.S. subsidiary for Solutions4CO2, Inc., a publically traded carbon capture and utilization company focused on the clean capture of CO2 and its use to produce value added products including nutraceuticals, chemicals and fuels. In his role, Chuck is focused on finding ways to utilize the waste streams in the Delaware Valley to reduce energy costs and generate products needed by the community. These waste streams include CO2, agricultural residues and organics from municipal solid waste (MSW). Prior to that, Chuck spent over 20 years in the engineering and construction industry providing process engineering, technology scale up, project management and executive management to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical, biofuels and food industries. He has been President of the Delaware Valley Chapters of both the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) and American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He was selected as the 2012 Chemical Engineer of the Year by the Delaware Valley section of AIChE.

When the need for a professional certification credential and supporting college curriculum for the pharmaceutical industry arose, Chuck helped to form and chaired ISPE’s international University Relations Committee. This committee worked with industry leaders and universities, initially in the Delaware Valley, and then internationally, to craft a vision for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Professional of the Future (PMPF). This framework also served as the basis for the development of the knowledge domains for the Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional (CPIP) credential. When the credential was ready for initial roll-out, Chuck was recruited to be a beta tester for the exam and became one of the first 6 CPIP’s certified globally. He served on the Eligibility Committee and is currently a Commissioner on the Professional Certification Commission overseeing the credential and certification process.

Chuck has always had a strong passion for working with students and young professionals in order to give back to the profession. He is an Adjunct Professor in Chemical Engineering at both Rutgers University and Rowan University where he developed and teaches a real world biopharm design course. He also serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for Chemical Engineering at Rutgers, Rowan and the University of Akron. He has served on ISPE’s international Student Development Committee, as well as VP of Student Activities for the Delaware Valley Chapter of ISPE. In both these roles he provided leadership to the society’s student chapters both internationally as well as in the Delaware Valley. He helped to develop the Student Leadership Forum (SLF) which provided student leaders with skills related to networking, resumes and interviews.

Chuck has a strong record of academic and professional achievement. He has a BA in Zoology and MS in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, both from Rutgers University. He has an MBA in Finance and Operations from the Stern School of NYU. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Chemical Engineering and recently participated in the NCEES Cut Score Study to set the passing score for the revised Chemical Engineering PE exam.

Chuck’s career path was diverse and certainly not a straight line. He began his career in development for a start-up biodiagnostics company where he helped develop a finger stick assay for cholesterol. He then moved into start-up and validation for Life Sciences, a Philadelphia-based engineering company. He progressed through various roles at a number of engineering and construction companies including process engineer, project engineer, project manager, Director of Operations, Director of Technology and recently Vice President, PharmBio & Chemicals for AMEC a FTSE 100 global engineering company. He also expanded and managed the Plymouth Meeting, PA office. He worked at Coopers & Lybrand as a management consultant providing strategic, operations and working capital consulting to biotech, pharma and oil companies. He recently had the opportunity to take on a new challenge in the biofuels area and served as Chief Operating Officer for a local PA-based algae biofuels company before accepting his current position at Solutions4CO2.

Chuck’s activities include: International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers, where he has been President, Executive VP and VP of Student Activities for the Delaware Valley Chapter and University Relations Chair, Eligibility Chair and Commissioner for the Professional Certification Committee for the CPIP credential. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) where he is a Past Chair and current Board Member of the Delaware Valley Section. National Society of Professional Engineers where he is a member and the Algae Biomass Organization where he is a member.

Chuck is a welcome speaker on technical and business topics. He has presented or published on bioprocess development, biopharm plant design, downstream processing, the state of the pharmaceutical industry, biofuels, and chemical engineering fundamentals. He was a member of an international panel on the Future of Biofuels and Bioproducts in Toronto.

Despite a hectic work schedule, Chuck also volunteers his time to the community. He has been a volunteer firefighter, EMT and EMT / CPR instructor. He is currently a member and Communications Officer of the local Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla providing boater safety courses, boat inspections and support during natural disasters.

Chuck lives in Gloucester County New Jersey with his wife, Molly and their son Joseph. He is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia. In his spare time, Chuck enjoys spending time with Molly and Joseph, sailing and golf. He enjoys cooking both indoors and outdoors and is a staunch Rutgers football fan and season ticket holder.