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For the past nineteen years, President of Chicago Chem Consultants Corporation. Work is focused on the chemical, hazardous waste, and food processing industries. Former plant manager of a national waste solvent recovery and recycle business. Specialties include Pollution Prevention, Superfund remediation design, remedial cost review and validation, process design and troubleshooting, negotiations with state regulators, public presentations, and chemical separation processes. Numerous technical papers and presentations. Uses Total Quality Management–Team Building Approach problem solving methodology to pull together resources for rapid resolution of knotty technical problems.

Developed, with the Illinois Institute of Technology and Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (ACHMM), an award winning national review course for Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMM). Past president of ACHMM Chicago and National. Treasurer of the Environmental Division of the National American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Chair Military Interaction and Research and New Technolgy (RANTC) Committee's of AIChE. Former chair of AIChE Chicago Section.

Dr. Perl has a lifelong interest in energy and environmental policy and technical options. These interests flow over into his professional practice, which is focused on providing the best way to utilize both natural and capital resources.

Jeff served in the United States Air Force Reserve from 1993-2004 with assignments to HQ USAF Center for Environmental Excellence (AFCEE), as chief consultant bioenvironmental engineer at AFCEE the entity responsible for review and oversight of $3.5 billion Air Force Installation (environmental) Restoration Program and worldwide quality issues. Major Perl also served as Staff Consultant Bioenvironmental Engineer with HQ Air Education and Training Command, Environmental Directorate of The Civil Engineer, Randolph AFB TX, with environmental management, compliance and strategic planning responsibilities for 13 Air Force Bases. Prior to receiving his honorable discharge, he was assigned to HQ USAF Surgeon Generals Office, Washington DC, Environmental and Occupational Health Division.

Additional Experience

Air Force Reserve - US Air Force Reserve Individual Mobilization Augmentee 1993-2004

Major Perl served for 5 years as Chief Consultant Bioenvironmental Engineer at the Headquarters USAF Center for Environmental Excellence. For the next two years he served as staff consultant bioenvironmental engineer at HQ Air Education and Training Command, Environmental Directorate of ‘The Civil Engineer’. Terminal assignment with USAF Surgeon General , Washington DC. Honorable Discharge 15 March 2004

Safety Kleen/Custom Organics - Plant Mgr./Process Engineer 1975-1977

Dr. Perl served alternately as plant manager, process engineer and supervised day-to-day operations of this chemical waste solvent recovery and recycle business. Dr. Perl trained personnel, developed waste treatment procedures, and performed laboratory pilot treatability studies in support of plant operations. Also responsible for plant troubleshooting, start-up of new equipment and processes.

Safety Kleen/Custom Organics - Chemical Recycle Equip Operator 1973-1974

Dr. Perl worked as a chemical process operator and recovered recycled chemical wastes using a variety of separation and reaction processes. Duties included the operation of distillation, extraction and acid neutralization equipment, performance of quality control laboratory analyses, loading/unloading of tank trucks and light plant maintenance.


As President for the past 19+ years has been involved in most projects at CCC in a management or technical role. Please refer to the corporate project profiles for more information.

One of Dr. Perl’s areas of focus is on Superfund Remediation and Public/Regulatory interface. His experience in this arena is both civilian and military. On the civilian side, the design of novel methods to cleanup Superfund sites as well as presentations to the public and regulatory community in a manner conducive to risk protective-cost effective solutions. Technical and Cost Review of large-scale remediation projects for insurance loss prevention.


On the military side, Major Perl has served to assist in the orderly closure and transition of Air Force Bases to public use, from Massachusetts to Chicago to California. The Air Force Base Closure Agency selected him to assist in organizing and coordinating the first Air Force Remedial Process Optimization Conference. This first of a kind program set up a quality management - continuous improvement methodology for Military base cleanup activity to help reduce costs while maintaining environmental protection. Major Perl is also regularly called upon to represent the active duty air force to the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Justice, US Department of Defense and local and state regulatory agencies.

His Forensic engineering projects have required scientific/engineering/interpersonal skills to determine root causes of accidents and product failures cutting across all walks of life from production labor to CEOs to solve unusual problems. Pulling together teams and resources from the best of a practical hands-on approach to high level R&D tools is the hallmark here. Projects have included root cause study of early failure of fiberglass boat hull coatings; diagnosis of failed outdoor cable television boxes and various chemical accidents leading to death or serious injury.

CCC’s Environmental and Production reviews for Business Acquisitions have drawn upon his cross disciplinary experience to help ascertain the true cost of property cleanup, thereby assisting in turning environmentally distressed properties into useful, productive facilities.

Dr. Perl has a lifelong interest in Energy and Environmental Policy. His graduate studies included "Energy and Society" a focused look at national energy options and policies. His pre-graduate work focused on recycling of hazardous waste chemicals. He has chaired industrial, academic and military symposia on ways to provide industry and others with tools to optimize these two important commodities while remaining competitive on a global scale. He has also provided written US Congressional testimony on an environmental/manufacturing legislative issue. Dr. Perl has conducted or participated in numerous energy audits in the chemical and building arena. In addition he has conducted similar environmental and occupational health compliance assessments.

In all efforts, Jeff champions a total quality management-team building approach to problem solving, with a special emphasis on consensus building solutions. He has presented numerous technical papers, served as chair or president of several professional societies and organizations and was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force Reserve in March 2004.

Chemical Process - Development/Design/Implementation

Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization

Remediation and Treatment Engineering

Pilot/Treatability Studies

Equipment Evaluation/Selection/Procurement

Plant Operations


Post Doctoral Research Fellow (National Science Foundation) – June 1984-November 1985, Department of Chemistry, Brown University, Providence Rhode Island.

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, May 1984, Illinois Institute of Technology, Thesis: "Dielectric Properties of Liquids, Solutions and Emulsions"

M.S. Chemical Engineering, December 1979, Illinois Institute of Technology, Thesis: " Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes"

B.S. Chemical Engineering, May 1977, Illinois Institute of Technology


Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)

Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) State of Illinois


American Institute of Chemical Engineers. 55,000 members nationwide.

  • Treasurer, Environmental Division 1997-2003
  • Chair, Military Interaction Committee 1996-Present
  • General Arrangements Chair 1996 National Meeting attended by 5000 people.
  • Chair, Chicago Section 1994/95
  • AIChE Chicago Board representative, Illinois Engineering Council.

National Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers - 10,000 members nationwide.

  • National President, 1994
  • President Chicago Chapter – 1991/92

Institute of Hazardous Materials Management – Elected Fellow 1996

American Chemical Society

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Society for Quality Control

Chicago Local Emergency Planning Committee Office of Emergency Response, 1990-Present

Reserve Officers Association – Life member


  • Licensed Private Pilot
  • Energy, Environmental and Natural Resource Policy




"Bringing New Chemicals to Market", AIChE/ACHMM Joint Meeting, with Marion Wiggins-Lewis, USEPA and Roger Masson, JD, Ryndak and Suri, February 2005, Chicago IL

"USEPA Environmental Quality Management Symposia, Representing Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence on various Installation Restoration Program Topics", spring 1995, 1999 and 2000

Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization -- A Quality Challenge at Motorola, with Chaitan Daiya and Peter Barton, AIChE Symposium Chicago, IL, September 1994

Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization, Prentice-Hall Publishers, Textbook under Contract.

Hazardous Waste Treatment and Minimization, Chapter in IHMM Handbook on Hazardous Materials Management, Edited by H. Tom Carson and Doye Cox, Institute of Hazardous Materials Management, 1992

Certified Hazardous Materials Training - The Chicago Experience, with Richard T. Cartwright HazMat World Magazine, June 1992

Hazardous Waste Treatment and Minimization Technology Selection Guidelines, HazMat World Magazine, October 1991

Hazardous Waste Treatability Studies, Chemical Processing Magazine, June 1990

An In-Plant Approach to Hazardous Materials Management, Chemical Processing Magazine, March 1989


Complex Dielectric Properties of Macroemulsions in the Microwave Region, with Thomas, C., Perl, J. P. and Wasan, D.T., J. Colloid and Interface Science, October 1990

Complex Dielectric Properties of Macroemulsions Using Microwave Interferometric Dielectrometer, Perl, J.P., Thomas, C. and Wasan, D.T., J. Colloid and Interface Science, July 1990

Time Domain Solid Dielectric Measurements of Conducting Glasses, Turcotte, D.E., Chryssikos, G.D., Winsor IV, P.W., Perl, J.P., Cole, R.H. and Risen Jr., W.H., J. Chem Phys, 1986

Complex Dielectric Properties of Macroemulsions Using a Calibrated Microwave Resonance Dielectrometer, Perl, J.P., Bussey, H.E. and Wasan, D.T., J. Colloid and Interface Science, December 1985

Dielectric Relaxation of l-Propanol/Water Solutions, Perl, J.P., Wasan, D.T., Winsor IV, P.W. and Cole, R.H., J. Molecular Liquids, 1984

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