4 minutes with… David Leimbach, Master’s candidate in Bioenergy, University of Illinois

May 26, 2015 |

2a978faTell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy.

The University of Illinois is dedicated to the research and development of advanced bioenergy systems.

Tell us about your role and what you are focused on in the next 12 months.

I am currently focusing on finishing my education while exploring my role in the bioenergy field.

What do you feel are the most important milestones the industry must achieve in the next 5 years?  

Developing new technology that allows for the break down of sugars in cellulosic biomass at a price where the advanced ethanol can compete with petroleum.

If you could snap your fingers and change one thing about the Advanced Bioeconomy, what would you change? 

The slow acceptance of increased ethanol blends for use in standard automobiles.

Of all the reasons that influenced you to join the Advanced Bioeconomy industry, what single reason stands out for you as still being compelling and important to you?  

We need to reduce our reliance on petroleum from the Middle East.

Where are you from? 

Clinton, Illinois

What was your undergraduate major in college, and where did you attend? Why did you choose that school and that pathway?

Biology, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois

I originally had plans to obtain a doctorate in physical therapy

Who do you consider your mentors – could be personal, business, or just people you have read about and admire. What have you learned from them?

Vijay Singh, Eric Anderson and Hans Blaschek. I was previously unaware of the many pathways that can be taken in the bioenergy field. All three are excellent scientists and instructors.

What’s the biggest lesson you ever learned during a period of adversity?  

When things seem to be at their darkest, keep your head up and never quit fighting.

What hobbies do you pursue, away from your work in the industry?

Fishing, spending time with my children.

What are 3 books you’d want to have with you, if you were stranded on a desert island

Beak of the Finch

FM 21-76

Special Forces Medical Handbook

What books or articles are on your reading list right now, or you just completed and really enjoyed?  

I am currently reading articles on the economic conditions of native Americans on reservations.

What’s your favorite city or place to visit, for a holiday?

Las Vegas

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