Joshua Bales is a graduate student in the class of 2019 in the bioprocessing and bioenergy PSM program. He graduated from Purdue University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. After working in analytical environmental testing for four years, he decided to come to the University of Illinois for his master’s degree. He is looking forward to learn the fundamentals in biofuel production and gain knowledge in new feedstock used for biofuels. He is also hoping to learn more about the business around the biofuel industry. Joshua wants to eventually work at a corn or biomass biorefinery. He wants to be involved with a field that is working to provide renewable energy to people.