Dr. Lanny A. Robbins is a co-founder of Gantec Inc. Lanny retired as a Research Fellow after 37 years at The Dow Chemical Company at Midland, Michigan. His expertise is in fundamental chemical engineering research and pilot plant process development; especially for separation and purification processes. He has developed unique technology for scale-down and scientific study of plant processes to generate experimental data for successful scale-up.
He is the author of the liquid-liquid extraction chapters in Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook, 6th and 7th ed, and Schweitzer’s Handbook of Separation Techniques for Chemical Engineers, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ed. Robbins has researched, developed and implemented many separation and purification unit operations used in Dow. Robbins is the author of more than 185 technical reports in Dow, 19 outside publications, and 18 US patents. Dr. Robbins received the prestigious H. H. Dow Gold Medal from the Board of Directors of The Dow Chemical Company in 1993.
He is listed in “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.” He also has served as an adjunct professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Michigan State University and has served on the advisory boards for the Chemical Engineering Departments at VPI and Iowa State University. He has been an invited guest lecturer at University of Bucknell, VPI, Cornell, University of Kentucky, Michigan State University, Berkley, Iowa State University and others.
Lanny and his wife Connie have two grown children and reside in Midland, Michigan. Robbins received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Iowa State University. In 2006 Dr. Robbins was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.