Dr. Wate joined as a scientist and rose to the position of Director, NEERI, His areas of interest are Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment, Water Resource Management, Environmental Systems Design, Modelling and Optimisation, Carrying Capacity Based Developmental Planning, Coastal and Marine Environment Management, Environmental Biotechnology, Wastewater Treatment and Environmental Materials for Field Applications. He has successfully handled large number of projects with national and international agencies / organisations like The World Bank, UNDP, ADB, UNEP, WHO, UNICEF, and Asian Countries viz. UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Philippines. Considering his remarkable contribution and experience in the field of environmental sciences, Dr. Wate has been nominated on various National Advisory Committees of Ministries viz. DST, MOEF, MDWS etc.  as Chairman or Member. He is Senate member of RTM Nagpur University as nominee of Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra, Member of Board of College and University Development, Amravati and Nagpur Universities. During his regime as Director, NEERI, he has signed MOUs with many international and national academic and R&D institutions for bilateral cooperation.Dr. Wate has published about 100 research papers in international and national journals having high impact factor and presented about 130 papers in international and national conferences. He has contributed in ten books.  He has to his credit more than 625 technical reports of major developmental projects in industry, infrastructure sector, and basic and applied R & D. He has two patents to his credit.