Phillip C. Wankat is the Clifton L. Lovell Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. He has been involved in research and teaching of separations for more than forty years and is very interested in improving teaching and learning in engineering. He is the author of two books on how to teach and three books on separation processes. He has received a number of national and local teaching, research, and service awards. In his spare time he fishes and designs and builds small boats.