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 & 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. Beth Conerty advisor for bioprocessing and bioenergy, at bconerty@illinois.edu or (217) 300- 4543. 

2018 IL PSM Poster Showcase

 

Robert "Cary" Adams spent his summer as a Biofuels Research Intern for the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center where he analyzed biomass, performed experimental testing on biofuel combustion, and provided outreach. 

 

 

 

 

 

Sai Ram Chandra "Sai"Veersaiva was a Process Development and Technical Support Intern for Pacific Ethanol. He improved the process of their corn wet milling plant and provided cost recovery of co-products in corn products. Sai is planning to return to Pacific Ethanol for a full-time position in December.

 

 

 

 

Haotian Xiao worked for the Gene Therapy Program at Pennsylvania State University this summer as a summer research intern. In his role, he performed data analysis, cell culture and image processing.

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