Student Profile

Tingwen Bao
Class of '13

Tingwen Bao is a graduate of the Illinois PSM in Bioenergy. Tingwen earned an undergraduate degree in bioengineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.  She completed her internship at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab at the University of Illinois, completing market research to update a market analysis/plan for the new lab.  Tingwen feels that the PSM “gave her the knowledge and skills needed for interviewing and her internship.  There were numerous chances to practice interviewing, build professional networks and prepare presentations.  The practices helped me stand out from the rest of the competition for my current job.”  She currently works as a Grid Integration and Innovation Analyst at Pacific Gas and Electric, located in the San Francisco Bay area.

Bioprocessing & Bioenergy

The Illinois Professional Science Master’s in bioprocessing and bioenergy integrates science and business to meet demands for sustainable energy and bioproducts as well as providing the workforce for the growth in industrial biotech.

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 Masters in bioprocessing and bioenergy centers on advanced and innovative methods of bioproducts and bioenergy production. Bridging science with business, the program blends the technology and science of bioprocessing 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 and bioprocessing research and education. Built on Illinois’ expertise in energy and sustainability, IBRL is committed to bioprocessing R&D and to creating a well-educated scientific and technical workforce in bioprocessing and related biosciences. The Illinois PSM in bioprocessing and bioenergy is a key component of IBRL's mission.

AN ADVANCED CAREER

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 the bioenergy life cycle — from feedstock supply to biofuel transportation and distribution, and bioprocessing— production of biochemicals/bioproducts from renewable sources. Bioenergy and bioprocessing scientists, managers, and engineers with leadership, entrepreneurship, technology management, and other business skills will be well-prepared for positions of significant responsibility.

TAILOR YOUR DEGREE TO YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALS

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 vsingh@illinois.edu or (217) 333- 9510 or Dr. Ankita Juneja at ajuneja@illinois.edu

 

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