Yiying Xiong joined the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) as associate director in 2021. Xiong supports the GLBRC director in management of the Center, including strategic planning, business operations, staff management, research program development, reporting to the U.S. Department of Energy, industry collaboration, stakeholder engagement, and community education and outreach.
Xiong brings 20 years of experience in business strategy and program management in renewable energy and sustainability sectors. She has led nearly 100 renewable energy projects in 17 countries on four continents. She has a strong passion for women leadership and diversity and has served various leadership roles in a number of professional organizations in the U.S. and internationally.
Xiong holds an M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Marquette University and a B.E. in hydraulic and hydropower engineering from Tsinghua University in China. She is also an M.B.A. candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.