Innovation and Outreach Speaker Series: Turning Waste into Wealth

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Please join WSU President Kirk Schulz and WSU Everett Chancellor Paul Pitre for the Innovation and Outreach Speaker Series featuring Peter Janicki, founder and CEO of Janicki Industries.

Janicki will discuss his successful efforts to remove raw sewage out of streams and waterways in impoverished communities around the world. When he traveled to rural communities in Africa, he was distressed to see children playing in the same water used to dump raw sewage. A powerful adage now drives Janicki’s work: “Make sewage valuable and they will not throw it into the environment; make it profitable and it will quickly scale to every corner of the earth.” With the creation of the Omni Processor, waterways in developing countries are being cleaned and sewage has become the goose that lays the golden egg.

Janicki is the founder and CEO of fast-growing Janicki Industries, which specializes in using composite materials and exotic metals to design and build one-of-a-kind high-precision parts and tooling for aerospace, marine, energy, space, military, transportation and architecture customers.

Over the last 20+ years, Janicki has led teams to develop materials and manufacturing processes in the composite and large-scale machining world at Janicki Industries. His leadership and innovation is what attracted the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to approach the Janicki team to assist them in solving the sanitation challenges in the developing world.


Brian Kraft, Assistant Vice President, Innovation & Research Engagement, WSU Office of Research, 509-335-3959

Lynne Varner, Associate Vice Chancellor, Marketing Strategy and Community Engagement, WSU Everett, 425-405-1713

Via AMS in Engineering and Computer Science Building, Room 125