Vijay Singh, Director

Vijay Singh joined IBRL in January 2011 as the Associate Director for Engineering and was named Director in August, 2016. In this role, he will provide leadership to develop industry relationships in anticipation of the IBRL bioprocessing facility and the increasing number of processing-related activities on campus. He will also provide connectivity with industry and collaborate with other institutions and units interested in pilot-scale proof-of-concept activities. He will be developing project-based linkages with industry for cooperative research and development in bioenergy systems. He will be improving the demonstration of integrated bench and/or engineering-scale process technology for the production of substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks, products and fuels that will improve the economics and efficiency of a biochemical or hybrid conversion processes.

Dr. Singh is also a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research is on development of bioprocessing technologies for corn/biomass to ethanol, advanced biofuels, food and industrial products. Dr. Singh has authored 160 professional publications and holds ten patents related to bioprocessing and biofuels production. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Food and Bioprocess Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Singh is recipient of several research and teaching awards from professional societies, trade organizations and academic institutions. Professor Singh has served as associate editor for Journal of Cereal Chemistry and Transactions of American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He is currently associate editor for Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, Food and Bioproducts Processing, and Industrial Biotechnology. Vijay has organized and chaired national and international conferences on biofuels and cereal grains processing for National Academy of Engineering, National Corn Growers Association, American Association of Cereal Chemists International and others.

jacobsonBrian Jacobson, Assistant Director, Bioprocessing Pilot Plant Operations

Brian Jacobson joined IBRL in February 2012.  He is responsible for managing Pilot Plant facilities and equipment.  Brian graduated with a degree in Technical Systems Management and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Illinois. Previously, Brian was a Quality Control Manager for a manufacturing firm in Chicago. He was responsible for bringing the company’s quality and safety procedures up to ISO 9001:2008 standards.  Brian also works in the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition managing their Pilot Plant facilities.