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.

Business Curriculum

The Illinois PSM business curriculum addresses essential knowledge and skills for managerial and leadership roles. Business courses – combined with the PSM seminar series and the internship – differentiate the Illinois PSM from other research-focused M.S. degree programs. 

The business curriculum is delivered in partnership with the University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business.

Five principal themes define the Illinois PSM business curriculum:

  • business fundamentals – marketing, strategy, and entrepreneurship;
  • financial – accounting and finance;
  • project and process management,
  • workplace dynamics – leadership, teams, and organizational behavior; and
  • law and regulation.

Students complete one to two business courses each semester. Courses are typically two credit-hours, each meeting for one-half of the semester. Courses within a semester are taken sequentially, i.e., only one is taken at a time.

The specific courses vary by term and are announced in advance. To ensure the relevance and timeliness of the business curriculum, courses may be changed and new courses may be added.

For more information or to discuss the Illinois PSM business curriculum, contact Natalie Bosecker, Illinois PSM director, at or (217) 265-5363.

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