Joel Krehbiel graduated from Bethel College in Kansas in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Math and Physics. He came to the University of Illinois and obtained a Master's Degree in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering in 2008. After graduation he spent a year with a relief and development organization building biodigesters in rural Brazil. Through this experience he developed a passion for bioenergy research. He returned to graduate school in 2010 to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering. Joel is currently researching mechanical algal cell disruption techniques for improved biodiesel production.
Joel's recent research has focused on ultrasonic cavitation (TOP, MIDDLE) to disrupt algal cells (BOTTOM) for oil extraction.