Who We Are

Who We Are 2018-11-15T04:46:12+00:00

Innovation Drives Us.
Customers Inspire Us.

Gradiant was founded in 2013 on the premise of delivering sustainable water solutions
using innovative, game-changing technologies. Through our products, divisional structure and
experienced team, Gradiant strives to meet and exceed the unique needs of our customers and partners.

Our Vision

To enable industrial growth in harmony with nature.

At Gradiant, we believe in delivering solutions that help to make a positive impact on both the economy and the environment. Our core focus is on solving the most complex water and wastewater challenges with innovative, sustainable solutions.

Our Approach

We bring a unique approach to water treatment, ensuring industrial operators can meet their needs easily, often at a lower total life cycle cost than incumbent techniques. In certain cases, we enable the treatment of wastewaters that have previously not been treated.

Our approach to water treatment is based on the foundation that with the right technology, we can transform water use and recycling for industrial operators that need:

  • Unmatched technology to treat difficult wastewaters

  • Custom solutions for varying industrial applications

  • Competitive solutions that improve the bottom line

  • Regulatory and environmental compliance

Regional Divisions

Gradiant Corporation acts as the parent organization over three operating subsidiaries, each with local leadership
to best serve our customerand to understand the unique needs of the market in which they operate.

Gradiant Energy Services

North American Oil and Gas Water Services

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Gradiant China

Industrial Water and Wastewater Solutions

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Gradiant India

Industrial Water and Wastewater Solutions

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Leadership

Innovative problem solvers, successful entrepreneurs and business leaders
dedicated to solving the world’s toughest water challenges.

Anurag Bajpayee

Co-founder, CEO 

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Anurag Bajpayee

Co-founder, CEO 

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Anurag Bajpayee is the co-founder and CEO of Gradiant Corporation. Under his leadership, Gradiant has evolved from a technology start-up to a global brand with multiple divisions and office locations around the world. Prior to founding Gradiant, Anurag received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Prakash Govindan

Co-founder, CTO 

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Prakash Govindan

Co-founder, CTO 

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Prakash Govindan is the co-founder and CTO of Gradiant Corporation. Under his technical leadership, Gradiant has developed a platform of proprietary products that target various problems in industrial water treatment. Prakash also leads all project acquisition and deployment activities in Asia, Middle East, and the South Pacific for Gradiant. Furthermore, Prakash is the leading contributor in establishing our corporate offices and research and development facilities as well as leads all subsidiaries and business units in technical aspects. While at MIT, Prakash co-developed the Carrier Gas Extraction (CGE) system which became the flagship product and foundation for Gradiant. Prakash, a holder of more than 75 patents, also invented the company’s SCE system and CFRO technology. He has his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, Masters from IIT Madras, and Bachelors from Anna University, India. He currently lives and works in Singapore in our newly founded Asia-Pacific R&D facility and corporate headquarters.

Luke Johnson

CFO 

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Luke Johnson

CFO 

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Luke Johnson has more than 20 years of financial experience spanning private equity, major banks and start-ups. Luke masterminded the development and divisional structure at Gradiant, allowing the company to find explosive growth in numerous regions around the world.

Kaarthic Madhavan

Senior VP Business Development 

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Kaarthic Madhavan

Senior VP Business Development 

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Kaarthic leads Gradiant group’s global sales, market development, contract and customer management. Under Kaarthic’s leadership, Gradiant achieved rapid advancement in the Oil & Gas sector including Fortune 500 clients. The success led to the founding and development of Gradiant Energy Services as Gradiant’s first business unit. Today, Kaarthic continues to strategize for, establish, and build the other Gradiant business units around the world. Prior to Gradiant, Kaarthic worked at Schlumberger across product development, manufacturing, operations and business management. He has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, USA and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, India.

 

Edward Tierney

VP Engineering 

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Edward Tierney

VP Engineering 

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Ed has spent over 27 years solving complex environmental issues with innovative solutions, having responsibility for the design and manufacturing of over 500 wastewater treatment and air pollution control facilities. Ed serves at Gradiant’s Vice President of Global Engineering, overseeing a team of talented multi-disciplinary engineers, programmers and designers who bring technology to life through robust designs and customer-centric detail. Prior to Gradiant, Ed had various leadership roles, including his 17 year tenure at BISCO Environmental, where he was founder, President and CEO. During his tenure at BISCO Environmental, Ed led the company from start-up to a national multi-office team of over 100 Business Development, Finance, Engineering and Manufacturing professionals, providing in-house design and manufacturing of custom air and water treatment facilities to Engineering Consultants, Major Industrial, Pharma and Major Oil clients across North America, South America and Asia. Ed studied Mechanical Engineering at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and Wentworth Institute of Technology. Ed lives with his wife and three children in Boston as well as part time in Singapore.

Steven Lam

New Products Initiative Manager 

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Steven Lam

New Products Initiative Manager 

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Steven is part of the founding team that started Gradiant Corporation. Currently, Steven manages the New Products Initiative (NPI) department in Singapore and Boston. Over the last 5 years, he has proven himself to be an innovator and a leader in desalination and water reuse. Within the first year of Gradiant, he was able to commercialize the company’s flagship thermal desalination technology and generate revenue. He and the NPI team have used that success model to repeatedly develop, and bring to market, breakthrough technologies to meet the ever-changing needs of customers around the globe. Before water, his background included automation, robotics, sustainability, and product design. Steven, a holder of 16 US patents, received his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Division Leaders

Danny Jimenez

CEO Gradiant Energy Services 

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Danny Jimenez

CEO Gradiant Energy Services 

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Mr. Jimenez joined Gradiant Energy Services and serves the company as Chief Executive Officer. With more than 25 years of experience in the oilfield services and executive experience in growing service companies, Mr. Jimenez is a strong advocate for the responsible development of domestic oil and gas resources. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Energy Management Program at the Colorado University Business School. In addition to Gradiant, Mr. Jimenez is an active investor and a serial entrepreneur. Over the last few years, Mr. Jimenez raised millions of dollars to fund several startup companies focused in areas such as completion technologies, social media, electric vehicles applications, blockchain, real estate, logistics, and oil and gas producing assets. Mr. Jimenez has a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering, a MSc. in Political Science from Colorado School of Mines and a MBA from MIT.

Ravi Selvaraj

Managing Director Gradiant India 

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Ravi Selvaraj

Managing Director Gradiant India 

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Richard Stover

President Gradiant Membrane Systems 

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Richard Stover

President Gradiant Membrane Systems 

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Dr. Richard Stover serves as President of Gradiant’s Osmotics business unit. Dr. Stover is recognized for his expertise in reverse osmosis, membranes, pumps and energy recovery devices. An accomplished product manager and business leader with a track record of successful water startup companies, he is currently leading development and commercialization of the CounterFlow Reverse Osmosis (CFRO) process, a breakthrough membrane-based brine concentration process. Dr. Stover has been issued numerous patents and was co-recipient of the European Desalination Society’s Sidney Loeb award for outstanding innovation. He served on the board of directors of the International Desalination Association from 2011 through 2018 and has a doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Jason Tao Yu

Managing Director Gradiant China 

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Jason Tao Yu

Managing Director Gradiant China 

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Jason Yu is the Managing Director of Gradiant China. Jason has more than 15 years of management and technical experience in the water industry. Prior to joining Gradiant, Jason was the Regional Director of a major company that was recognized in the top 3 best water treatment chemical company’s in the world. Prior to that, Jason had 9 years of experience as the District Manager at the world’s largest water treatment company. Additionally, Jason has experience helping establish other influential start-up companies throughout China. Jason has a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Tongji University and an MBA from Hong Kong University.

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