Richard J. Robbins
Samuel T. Wineman
|Dr. Richard Robbins graduated from Michigan Tech in 1956 with a degree in mechanical engineering and has since become an international leader in tunneling machine technology. Under his leadership from 1958 to 1993, The Robbins Company set records in tunnel boring technology, from mining applications to the boring of three large tunnels under the English Channel. When he sold his company in 1993 to the Swedish manufacturer Atlas Copco, Robbins continued in a leadership role as Vice Chairman for five more years, and now serves on the Board of Directors. In 1998, he established the Robbins Group, which handles research and product development for The Robbins Company.
Robbins has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and been awarded the Daniel C. Jackling Award by the Society of Mining Engineers of the AIME as well as serving in leadership positions among numerous professional associations. He is an honorary member of Michigan Tech's Mining Academy of Distinguished Engineers and has received the University's Board of Control Silver Medal, Distinguished Alumni Award (1994), and an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering. He has been granted eleven US and fifty-six foreign patents and has authored seventy-six publications and papers.
Update: On April 23, 2009, Robbins was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Engineering. Past recipients include Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Goodall.