Bob Hanlon

Station Director at MIT School of Chemical Engineering Practice


Station Director, MIT Chemical Engineering Practice School
10,001+ employees; Educational Institution; Higher Education
January 2010 - Present

Director of MIT's Chemical Engineering Practice School Stations BP, Hull, England, Nov-Dec '12 Corning, Inc., New York, Aug-Sept '12 General Mills, Minneapolis, Apr-May '12 Corning, Inc., New York, Oct-Dec '11 SGC Energia, Austria, Apr-May '11 Vale Energy Solutions (VSE), Brazil, Aug-Oct '10 Mawana Sugar Works, India, Jan-Mar '10

Independent Consultant
January 2010 - Present

Reaction engineering Heterogeneous catalysis Fischer-Tropsch synthesis Mass Customization Chemical process research, development and commercialization

Distinguished Engineer
Dow Electronic Materials
10,001+ employees; Public Company; Chemicals
April 2009 - February 2010

Formerly the Rohm and Haas Company Biodiesel process technology Heterogeneous catalysis using ion exchange resins Lead engineer responsible for providing technical support to global Sales team for newly commercialized biodiesel catalyst.

Distinguished Engineer
Rohm and Haas / England
Public Company; Chemicals
2000 - April 2009

Biodiesel process technology Heterogeneous catalysis Mass Customization Building and Construction Biodiesel process technology. Coordinated development of process concepts, fundamental kinetic modeling, pilot unit efforts (Project Manager), and process economics. Direct interface with customers handling process questions. Mass Customization. Developed first analysis of Mass Customization Business Model for the Rohm and Haas Company. Extensive assessment of external best practices, internal opportunities, and technology requirements to enable those opportunities. Building and Construction. Leader of grass-roots effort that educated B&C Marketers and Scientists on the end-user decision-making process involved in the B&C Industry. Enrolled others in the vision of this network as means to drive market-pull innovation and secured their commitments to contribute. Program involved coordinating interviews with and presentations by architects, owners, and builders.

Senior Associate, Process R&D
Mobil Oil
Public Company; Oil & Energy
1987 - 2000

Reactor engineering R&D Lube hydroprocessing Heterogeneous Catalysis Lead technical support engineer to Singapore lube refinery. Collaborated with refinery engineers and operations personnel to design and implement process models, new product routes, and new work procedures. Singapore All-Catalytic Lubes Plant commercialization. Designed and supervised supportive lube high-pressure hydrocracking pilot unit work. Quantified and interpreted economic sensitivity of project to technology options. Coordinated design collaboration with Mobil Engineering. Team member for successful 3-month start-up of complex. Led development of proprietary isomerization-dewaxing technology. Designed and executed supportive pilot unit programs. Created model of reaction network. Coordinated design collaboration with Mobil Engineering.


Universitt Karlsruhe (TH)
Reaction Engineering
1985 - 1986

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chemical Engineering - Reactor Engineering
1981 - 1985

Bucknell University
Chemical Engineering
1977 - 1981

Fayetteville-Manlius High School
1974 - 1977

Patents (6)

Method for esterification of free fatty acids in triglycerides
Rajiv Manohar Banavali, Robert Tryon Hanlon, Alfred Karl Schultz
May 13, 2010: 20100121087-A1

Process for heterogeneously catalysed esterfication of fatty acids
Wulf Dietrich, Dieter Heinz, Leslaw Mleczko, Shaibal Roy, Heinrich Morhenn, Robert Tyron Hanlon
December 3, 2009: 20090294358-A1

Method for esterification of fatty acids in glyceryl esters in a tubular reactor
Rajiv Manohar Banavali, Robert Tryon Hanlon, Aaron Sarafinas, Alfred Karl Schultz, Cheryl Irene Teich, Jose Antonio Trejo
November 5, 2009: 20090275769-A1

Method for purification of oils for biodiesel processes
Rajiv Manohar Banavali, Robert Tryon Hanlon, Alfred Karl Schultz, Jose Antonio Trejo
June 18, 2009: 20090156847-A1

Method for purification of glycerol from biodiesel production (2 worldwide citation)
Rajiv Manohar Banavali, Robert Tryon Hanlon, Alfred Karl Schultz
May 19, 2009: 07534923

Method for purification of glycerol from biodiesel production
Rajiv Manohar Banavali, Robert Tryon Hanlon, Alfred Karl Schultz
February 19, 2009: 20090048472-A1