|Get to Know
His name is
M. Gresser, P.E.
His occupation is... Plant Administrator, Water
Pollution Control Division
He's been with the City for
22 years. Brian started in the
Engineering Designer series as a Plant Engineer then was promoted to Wastewater Plant
Superintendent and is now the administrator.
Brian is the person who
is charged with planning, directing and
coordinating wastewater treatment, facility management and personnel administration for
Akrons award-winning, 90 million gallon per day, wastewater treatment facility.
During his tenure, the staff has been reduced from 120 to 42, but continues to maintain an
exemplary 99.93% compliance rating.
As a result of the reengineering of the division, Brian has been involved in much of
the day-to-day operational activity including regulatory compliance, personnel
requisitions, etc. He also oversees the wastewater quality laboratory, industrial
pretreatment program, and the $6 million dollar annual compost facility operating
And, Brian is green, finding environmentally-friendly solutions.
Instrumental in starting a program to treat landfill leachate, his work helped the City
gain $500,000.00 in annual revenue. Now hes working with an entrepreneur to grow
high-lipid algae in wastewater to produce biodiesel fuel. He has been a part of a number
of energy projects including the anaerobic digestion facility (generating enough power for
350 homes), and installation of the 1.1 megawatt generator to produce electricity fueled
by methane gas from the now-closed Hardy Road Landfill.
What does he enjoy most about the job? "This a very dynamic environment.
The flow of
here can triple in a matter of 30 minutes. We have to be ready
to deal with the unexpected. I enjoy working with some very good people, both at the plant
and across the City. Our success is from each and every WPC Division employee stepping up
to do whatever is necessary," says Brian.
Brian is also... married with two daughters and a son. He says he moonlights as
a taxi driver for his kids.
When he has time
He tries to get to the gym. He also enjoys throwing the
baseball with his son, and watching his daughter excel at swimming. "Also very
important to me," he says, "is the time we spend just sitting down together and
eating dinner as a family."
Etc... Brian is a graduate from the University of Akron with a degree in