Markus Johannes Lenger
Scientist, husband and father
Markus Lenger was born, raised and educated in Switzerland. He began his higher education as an Audio Video Electrical Engineer and initiated his career at Sony Schweiz AG. Markus then traveled to Mountain View, California to further educate himself in Laser Technology and Electro Optics. During this time, he introduced Bioversal, a German ‘oil spill cleanup’ technology using advanced bioremediation, during the Exxon Valdez oil spill crisis. Tested extensively during this disaster in 1989, Bioversal was among one of the three most successful out of the 1,400 technologies evaluated. In 1991 Markus immigrated to California and co-founded Green Earth Technologies and worked as a research engineer and VP of R&D designing new water and soil decontamination technologies. He also further developed the bioreactor technology, a revolutionary way to treat wastewater. Subsequently he became Vice President of R&D for Eurectec a publicly traded company designing and selling tire recycling plants. In 1996 he co-founded Virtual Wizards, a web development company as well as continuing to develop and implement his bioreactor technology. In 2000 Markus joined IBM as a Senior Technical Solutions Manager for e-business with up to 3,500 reporting. His teams designed numerous global e-infrastructures such as Bank of America, Nestlé, ABB, IRS, Toyota, Washington Mutual, Equifax and more. The five years at IBM provided Markus with an invaluable business education. Eager to dedicate his knowledge and energies to his passion, water, he co-founded Hydrologix Systems LLC in 2003 – a water research company in Laguna Niguel, CA. The further development of the bioreactor technology resulted in the development of the Grease Reduction System (GRS), a cost effective and fully computerized packaged wastewater treatment plant, by converting the existing grease vaults into treatment plants. Developed over the course of the next five years at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, CA it represented the first ever successful and sustained in-situ FOG (Fats Oil and Grease) bioremediation in history. Markus has filed seven patents total and has four awarded, one published and one pending to date. In order to further his research Markus resided on the Big Island of Hawaii for two years, where he maintained a state of the art laboratory and pilot system production facility. He designed, verified and tested new design concepts taking advantage of the Big Islands’ unique array of climate zones (11 of the 13 climate zones are found on the Big Island of Hawaii). In 2009 the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), impressed with Lenger’s technology and expertise, asked him to join the Standards Committee and confirmed him as a member immediately by a unanimous vote, a first in the history of the ASME. Shortly after, Markus was instrumental in amending the Standard to facilitate bioremediation of FOG and the design parameters, certification requirements and performance standards needed to ensure reliable operation. This enabled him to write the testing protocol for the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) to certify against the new Standard since no testing protocol existed yet. In July 2010 IAPMO certified the Hydrologix® GRS against both the new 2010 and the old 2006 standard, giving its first dual standard certification. The GRS became effectively UPC (Uniform Plumbing Code) listed. In 2013 Hydrologix® changed its name to CleanBlu® and the GRS designation was changed to FOG-DS (FOG Disposal System). Markus Lenger holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, a MS in Laser Technology and a Doctorate in Physics from a subsidiary of the Max Planck Institute. He likes to spend time with his wife Gina and their daughter Amadea while enjoying backpacking, exploring and traveling, sailing or just spending some quiet time at the beach.