David Lanning | AIChE

David Lanning

Senior Mechanical Engineer
Forest Concepts, LLC

Dave Lanning is the senior mechanical engineer for the Forest Concepts, LLC. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington in 2003.

While at the university, Dave led a senior design project team that worked on more efficient methods to produce Forest Concepts’ WoodStraw® products. He has since led Forest Concepts’ development of the rotary shearing technology and equipment that is used to manufacture precision feedstock particles at a fraction of the traditional method’s energy consumption.

Mr. Lanning is an active member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). As part of that organization Dave has chaired the ASE12 Forest Engineering technical committee for multiple terms. Mr. Lanning authored and coauthored numerous conference papers. He co-led a continued professional development class on biomass assessment at ASABE’s ATEC conference. Dave is gaining recognition as an expert in woody and herbaceous biomass feedstocks processing.

As part of Dave’s research and development efforts with Forest Concepts he has developed many of their core biomass processing technologies alongside the excellent development team at Forest Concepts. These novel technologies have earned Dave 10 patents as lead inventor and an additional 16 patents as co-inventor.