Student Profile

Patrick "Pat" Grady
Class of '12

Pat Grady graduated in 2012 from the Illinois PSM Bioenergy program.  He obtained his undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a Chemistry minor.  While in the PSM program, Pat was an agriculture business development intern for BP Biofuels and assisted with developing an undergraduate bioenergy course. He has held numerous positions within BP America including: operations project manager, field environmental advisor and air quality specialist before accepting his current role as strategy manager for their Challenger Program.  Pat’s advice is to “remain flexible and adaptable to change, it is the only thing that has remained constant in my career thus far and many people are either successful or not based on their reaction to business change and uncertainty.”

Bioprocessing and Bioenergy Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from a recognized institution abroad
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and for any graduate work
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 or higher (internet-based test), 590 or higher (paper-based test), or 243 or higher (computer-based test) for applicants whose native language is not English
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

The priority application date is January 15, 2018. 

Applications will be accepted until June 15th for international students and July 1st for domestic students.

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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