Gary Lang is currently Director of Technology and a Corporate Fellow for Praxair, Inc, based in Burr Ridge, Illinois. His group of 40 engineers, designers and technicians are responsible for the design and manufacturing of applications equipment for the Food and Beverage, Waste Water and Bio Pharmaceutical industries serving Praxair’s North American businesses.
Gary received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue Calumet in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 1979.
Gary’s 42-year career at Liquid Carbonic/Praxair started in 1970 directly after high school working as an Assembler in the freezer production department. He advanced to a supervisory role in the Production Department, at which time he decided to study engineering at Purdue Calumet. After graduation from the MET program, he moved up the engineering and production ranks. In 1989, Gary assumed responsibility for Liquid Carbonic’s Freezing System Division as Vice President and General Manager.
Liquid Carbonic was bought out by Praxair in 1996, the same time that Gary moved into the R&D group. He currently has 35 patents and has received two Praxair Awards for Innovation and became a Praxair Corporate Fellow in 1997. He led the R&D Applications Equipment Development group until he assumed his current position working in Business Development in 2009. .
Gary’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience: “Purdue’s ‘Hands-on’ approach in the MET program helped me to become well-rounded when it came to addressing actual real world equipment development problems. The mix of theoretical and practical teachings has benefited me greatly during my career. Knowing how to design equipment that functions well, and that can actually be manufactured easily, is invaluable.”
Gary’s advice to current Purdue Calumet students: “In your career and in life, always have a five-year plan. Determine where you want to be five years from now and what it’s going to take to get there. Try and become an expert in a valued area that differentiates you from the rest of the pack. Don’t become too impatient, good things come to those who plan and position themselves for success.”