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draws

upon

her

knowledge

of

a manager she has the opportunity to

chemistry and applies it to the natural

be involved in many projects.

world.

work

She has also been learning more

with instruments and methods to

Analytical

chemists

about leading people and is enjoying

measure components in a sample.

this new aspect of her career. “POET

An analytical chemist, for example,

has trusted me with an important job,

would find a way to test a polymer

and I have enjoyed the new challenge.

(a large molecule) instead of creating

I am happy to do all I can to help my

one.

team be successful.”

Tille has done research on both

Even

cellulosic and starch-based biofuels,

management

along with developing and rolling

meetings that often takes her out of

out new test methods to POET’s

the laboratory, she’s never too far

bioprocessing

away from her lab coat. “I like to learn

facilities.

She

has

though role

her

current

involves

more

worked on test methods to evaluate

when I get in the lab,” she says.

how new ingredients or mechanical

As a scientist, POET is the prime

changes can impact the process to

environment to fulfill her joy of

produce biofuels and on testing for

learning.

mycotoxins,

innovation and pursues new projects

which

are

chemical

The

company

esteems

toxins that can be formed by mold on

at every corner.

the grain.

“It’s been very dynamic; I’m always

In 2016, she began leading a team

learning and exploring new things.”

of six researchers within POET’s

at every corner.

Research and Development (R&D)

“It’s been very dynamic; I’m always

wing. Her work continues to fulfill

learning new things to explore.”

MELISSA TILLE HOMETOWN Winner, S.D. EDUCATION Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry; Master’s degree in Material Engineering and Sciences, both from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology FAMILY Husband Darrin; twin sons, Matthew and Joseph (13); daughter Grace (5) HOBBIES Curling league team with the Sioux Falls Curling Club, reading, crafts, gardening

her love of learning, she says, since as

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Vital Magazine - Spring 2019  

Vital Magazine - Spring 2019