Student Profile

Saloni Mishra
Class of '15

Saloni Mishra is a graduate of the Technical Systems Management program. She chose the Illinois PSM for the “blend of science and business where an understanding of the technical aspect was provided but developed the students to be tomorrow's leaders.” Saloni earned dual undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Informatics from the University of Illinois. She completed her business analyst internship at Country Financial located in Bloomington, Illinois, and credits the Illinois PSM for helping develop the communication skills needed for various departmental presentations and meetings.  After graduation, she accepted a role with United Health Group as their Senior Associate for the Technology Development Program.

Technical Systems Management

Merging technology with management in a systematic approach to problem-solving is the foundation of the technical systems management program. Graduates focus on the application of engineering principles, the study of technology used in agriculture, and the integration of business concepts in the food and agricultural industries. 

Offered by the top-ranked Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, the technical systems management PSM program prepares graduates for both technical and leadership careers in the management of agricultural and biological technical systems.

The program equips graduates with the advanced knowledge, abilities, and skills to apply physical and natural sciences to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Graduates of the Illinois PSM in technical systems management will be able to

  • demonstrate a broad and deep knowledge of technical systems management,
  • apply cross-disciplinary knowledge to solving technical systems problems in areas of pressing need,
  • understand the larger role of technical systems management and agricultural and biological engineering to the well-being of all humankind,
  • demonstrate critical reasoning and deep analytic thought about current and future challenges in the field, and
  • diagnose and help solve the business-related problems of an enterprise.

The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) at Illinois has established itself as one of the leading departments of its kind in the nation. It is dedicated to integrating biology and engineering to enhance the quality of complex living systems.


Students have a great deal of flexibility to construct a program of study that best fits their personal and professional objectives. Students will have access to faculty and industry-relevant research in

  • agricultural,
  • construction and environmental systems,
  • equipment and food industries, and
  • environmental protection and safety.

Combining knowledge of science, systems management, and applications engineering, the technical systems management program provides excellent preparation for careers in the production, processing, and manufacturing of food, fiber, feed, and fuel.

Students focus on the application of engineering principles, the study of technology used in agriculture, and the integration of business concepts in the food and agricultural industries.


Students may focus on one or more of the following specialties, depending on their interests and objectives:

  • construction management,
  • environmental systems,
  • mechanization, marketing, and technology management systems,
  • production systems, or
  • renewable energy systems.

A series of integrated business courses, plus industry seminars and a required internship, make up the professional science master’s concentration of the technical systems management program.


This program is ideal preparation for those seeking positions of significant responsibility in agricultural, biological, construction, and environmental technology industries. The program is a good choice for those interested in technical sales or technical management.

The applied focus of the program should prepare graduates for a wide range of careers such as

  • agricultural structures and controls specialists,
  • appraiser,
  • consultant,
  • engineering technician,
  • farm manager,
  • research and development specialist,
  • and many others.

For additional information or to discuss your learning and career objectives, contact technical systems management major advisor Paul Davidson at; (217) 300 - 3755.

2018 IL PSM Poster Showcase

Mary Dickerson worked for Elanco this summer at their headquarters outside of Indianapolis, IN as a Technical Services/Manufacturing Science Intern. She characterized growth medium for enzyme production through fermentation experiments.



Matsen Dziedzic was an Operations Management Intern this summer for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). He managed the daily operations of the grain facility in Mound City, IL where he worked on everything from inventory, engineering, and employee management.
2017 IL PSM Poster Showcase

Andriyana Santi spent her summer as a Sales and Marketing Intern for Smiling Hara Tempeh. She established a new market channel and increased awareness and designed a food service marketing tool

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