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

Whether you are interested in a career using plants or biomass for bioenergy, processing food products, or industrial biotechnology, the Illinois Professional Science Master’s in bioprocessing and bioenergy integrates science and business to prepare students for careers on the cutting edge of multidisciplinary technology.

You will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned scientists and researchers working to develop new technologies inside the state of the art Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL). The IBRL is prepared to lead the way in bioenergy and bioprocessing research and education. The facility provides students with hands-on experience in pilot plant processing, analytical lab work, while working side-by-side with industry clients and partners.

The bioprocessing and bioenergy program is a perfect fit for students who want to

  • harness the potential of bio-based products and energy (biofuels, electricity, biogas, etc.) to create new technologies and effect change
  • build upon decades of research and genetic improvements to agricultural crops and microbes to develop and refine comprehensive bioprocesses
  • gain an understanding of the environmental, ecological, political, and societal implications of bioprocessing and bioenergy


As bioprocessing and bioenergy technologies grow, so do bioprocessing and bioenergy career opportunities. Potential career paths include:

  • bioprocessing feedstock development
  • biorefinery management
  • business analytics
  • green chemical development
  • marketing specialist
  • technical sales
  • policy and law
  • product and process analysis
  • research and development
  • and more!

Past Bioprocessing and Bioenergy students have worked for companies such as:

Corporate Logos: ADM (Archer Daniels Midland), Cleantech Group, Clara Foods, Pacific Ethanol, Corteva Agriscience, Elanco, Greenaltech, BP, Edeniq, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Clean Energy Trust, Kerry Ingredients, Illinois Green Business Association, Ingredion, and Novozymes.



If you choose the bioprocessing and bioenergy PSM, you can tailor courses to your professional goals.  Students have the opportunity to learn concepts such as

  • growth and development of biomass feedstocks
  • designing and optimizing an ethanol production facility
  • converting biomass into biochemicals
  • upstream and downstream procedures of fermentation


In addition to the science curriculum, you’ll take a series of integrated business courses, plus professional development seminars each semester and a required internship. 

By the end of the program, students will have a fundamental science knowledge and basic business knowledge to be able to:

  • design a comprehensive marketing strategy
  • manage the flow of products and services
  • execute project plans within time and budget
  • understand and discuss regulatory policies
  • assess financial risks, statements, valuation, and capital budgets
  • examine organizational behavior, structures, effectiveness, and more!


  • 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)
  • test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for non-native speakers of English
  • three (3) letters of recommendation

For additional information or to discuss your learning and career objectives, contact Dr. Beth Conerty advisor for bioprocessing and bioenergy, at or (217) 300-4543. 


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