James "Jim" MacLellan - 2018 BAE Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient

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2018 Alumni Honors


BAE 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award Winner - Jim MacLellan

James "Jim" MacLellan (BS, Biosystems Engineering, 2011; MS, Biosystems Engineering, 2012) was awarded the Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award.

Jim is Senior Research Engineer, Global R & D Product Development, for Beam Suntory. He is a senior leader responsible for whiskey quality initiatives, specifically for Jim Beam Bourbon, along with helping to drive Beam’s portfolio growth strategy.

During most of his time at MSU, Jim worked very closely with Dr. Liao and his research group investigating energy production from traditional agricultural waste streams and creating more value-added byproducts from anaerobic digestion technology. Upon graduation, he started as a research technician in Louisville, KY, within the R&D organization at Beam Global (now Beam Suntory) helping to support new alcoholic beverage innovations. Jim was fortunate to move up within the organization as a research engineer that supported implementation strategies of new products into our various facilities across the globe with specific tours to India and Japan. His career path then took a turn as a research engineer at SC Johnson in Racine, WI, where he supported the growth of new home cleaning products and was a lead in new technology evaluation to help streamline manufacturing processes. He returned to Beam Suntory approximately a year ago.

Jim and wife Julie, married in a small Maine wedding in 2016, are expecting their first daughter in September. They have two amazing retriever dogs, Peyton and Harbor, and now reside in their new home just outside of Louisville, KY. They hope to make it back to East Lansing more often so their daughter can start to experience such an amazing place. Go Green!  Congratulations, Jim.