Student Profile

Abhijit Limaye
Class of '14

Abhijit Limaye is a recent graduate of the Bioenergy PSM program.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from the B.V. Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology in Hubli India, where he performed research.  Abhijit says that “during my undergraduate studies, I developed passion in Bioenergy science. My ambition is to become an entrepreneur later on in life by starting a renewable energy company. The Illinois PSM Bioenergy program was hence a perfect fit for me- a blend of science and business.”    Abhijit found his internship at the Federal University of Vicosa, Brazil through networking, an aspect of the PSM program he truly believes in. “As an international student, I understand how hard it is to find a job, but if you network properly, make good connections, have a great LinkedIn profile and constantly update your resume, it is possible.  This program has helped me connect between the industry, academia and the student.”  Abhijit recently accepted a Supervisor position with Abengoa in Mt. Vernon, Indiana.  

Bioprocessing & Bioenergy

Bridging science and business to meet sustainable energy demand is the purpose of the Bioprocessing and Bioenergy program. 

The world has reached a turning point in energy production. As consumption rises, so does the demand for cleaner, renewable energy. The University of Illinois is rising to the challenge.

The Illinois Professional Science Master’s in bioprocessing and bioenergy centers on advanced and innovative methods of energy production. Bridging science with business, the program blends the technology and science of biofuels with the business skills necessary to transfer scientific knowledge to practical application.

The Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) at Illinois leads the way in bioenergy research and education. Built on Illinois’ expertise in energy and sustainability, IBRL is committed to bioenergy R&D and to creating a well-educated scientific and technical workforce in bioenergy and related biosciences. The Illinois PSM in bioprocessing and bioenergy is a key component of IBRL's mission.


As bioprocessing and bioenergy technologies grow, so do bioprocessing and bioenergy career opportunities. The Illinois PSM in bioprocessing and bioenergy provides excellent preparation for careers in advanced cellulosic ethanol bio-refineries. Careers in the bioenergy life cycle — from feedstock supply to biofuel transportation and distribution — are also attractive options for bioenergy graduates. Bioenergy scientists, managers, and engineers with leadership, entrepreneurship, technology management, and other business skills will be well-prepared for positions of significant responsibility.


The bioprocessing and bioenergy PSM allows students to tailor their courses to their professional goals.  Students have the opportunity to take classes in the following specialty areas:

  • plants, soils, and feedstocks;
  • production, processing, and use;
  • environment, economics, policy & law; and
  • tools and methods.

For additional information or to discuss your learning and career objectives, contact Dr. Vijay Singh advisor for bioprocessing and bioenergy, at or (217) 333- 9510. 


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