Dr. Vijay Singh is a Founder Professor in Grainger College of Engineering, Distinguished Professor of Bioprocessing in the college of ACES, Executive Director of Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Deputy Director of the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation. His research is on the development of bioprocessing technologies for corn/biomass to ethanol, advanced biofuels, food and industrial products. Dr. Singh’s recent research activities are at the nexus of plant biotechnology and bioprocessing and are leading the development of new technologies and renewable products in the industrial biotech space. In his role at IBRL, Dr. Singh provides leadership in developing industrial partnerships, bioprocess pilot-scale proof-of-concept activities, and techno-economic analyses to facilitate commercialization of innovative technologies.
A fellow of the American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACCI), Dr. Singh has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator for more than $27 million research and $202 million center grants, has authored 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, 16 book chapters, 72 other publications and holds fourteen patents/provisional patents related to corn and other cereal grains fractionation, coproduct recovery, starch/protein separation, biofuels production, process simulation, and techno-economic analyses. He was recognized with the 2003 Young Faculty Excellence Award from Corn Refiners Association, the 2005 New Holland Young Researcher Award and the 2020 International Food Engineer Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The American Association of Cereal Chemists-International recognized him with the Young Scientist Award (2007), Teaching Excellence Award (2013) and Applied Research Award (2018). Dr. Singh has also received College of ACES and Grainger College of Engineering Research Awards. In 2015, Dr. Singh was selected as University Scholar, the highest honor given to a faculty member at the University of Illinois-systemwide. Dr. Singh has served on the Advisory Board of Fulbright Commission, US-Brazil Biofuels Network and the Scientific Advisory Board of Great Lakes Biomass Research Center, US Department of Energy. Dr. Singh received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Food and Bioprocess Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.