EE Alumnus Leonard Robinson Recognized in Prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Out of thousands of nominations this year, Robinson was selected based on his achievements that were reviewed by Forbes editors and expert industry judges.

Robinson’s work focuses on flexible manufacturing, allowing for increased production ramp rates during high volume production events. He uses a complex set of equipment in our manufacturing processes, and he has found solid state physics, digital signal communications and processing, systems and modern display fundamentals play equally important parts in process and equipment design.  He has found data system design and system optimization are the hammers and pickaxes in his engineering toolkit.

Most recently, his focus has been strategic IT and automation that support the security of supply for customers that manufacture biologics. He sits on strategic boards and tactical teams that determine shop floor execution for clinical trials, trains technologists and develops tests to ensure steady down-stream delivery of Covid-19 solutions during the pandemic.

“I was part of the largest BSEE graduating class in the last decade. There were 35 of us. I’ll never forget how those folks supported me in the last decade. Likely because someone from EE ‘13 calls to remind me at least once a month.” 

His time at Columbia is remembered by many EE professors:

“I remember Leonard from our undergraduate electromagnetics class. He always maintained a keen interest in that class, which can be sometimes, challenging …. He also had a great sense of humor throughout the class, which is also not tremendously common in EM :)" said Prof. Harish Krishnaswamy.

"I had Leonard in two classes I offered and was always super engaged ... he was also on top of relevant comics (especially XKCD) I could use in class," EE Chair Prof. John Kymisses stated.

"I remember Leonard in the Solid State Lab; he was always very responsive, responsible, engaged, and enthusiastic, a very nice young person, indeed," Prof. Wen Wang mentioned.

Leonard Robinson is a Lead Manufacturing Engineer at Cytiva.  He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and his MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech.   

Congratulations Leonard!

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