Dr. Lanning is a Senior Engineer at ARCCA specializing in the forensic analysis of mechanical failures and material degradation, such as fracture surface analysis, metal corrosion, polymer oxidation and degradation, weld and fastener failures and plumbing system material failures. He also investigates consumer product failures (design or manufacturing defects, operator error) and accidents involving industrial equipment, as well as performing laboratory analyses of material composition, structure, and properties. Dr. Lanning is also experienced in cases involving industrial and laboratory safety, machine design and safeguarding, and manufacturing and material processing (such as tracing defects and damage to conditions in production, distribution, or service life and shipping damage, corrosion, coating defects, surface scratches, surface contamination, foreign objects in food/beverage containers, etc.).
Dr. Lanning holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Boise State University, a Master of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State University, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. While pursuing his degrees, he discovered a novel residual stress strengthening mechanism in multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) and wrote software for motion tracking, optical strain measurement, colorimetry, robotics, and laboratory information management.