LanzaTech Inc.

Product Engineer

May - August 2023 • Skokie, IL

What I liked

Lanzatech provides a work environment full of collaboration and room for advancement. It includes working out, reviewing with team members, and collaborating with other teams. During this summer, our team started some work outside the old scope. We have obtained relevant training, and there are enough items as a cross reference, which makes the learning progress can be significantly improved. Some examples include, I participated in the design of the TEA when clients in Europe consulted on our projects. For industry-related background information, I have also researched and made reports, including research on the development of Waste-To-Electricity in Vietnam and the development and commercialization progress of green hydrogen and electrolyzed water technology in Europe. Overall, our company and team have made significant progress in waste gas recovery and alcohol production.

What I wish was different

I used to think that we were focused entirely on the production process of converting waste gas into alcohol. We still need a lot of background knowledge to understand our competitors; many are not even in the same industry. In addition, different places have different laws. Some tax credits we can get in California are unavailable in Illinois. This also creates some variables for our project setup.


The needs of industry are often different from those of academics. In a specific direction of expertise, it is necessary to understand both upstream and downstream information. My suggestion is that some internship experience can help you better understand the company's actual needs and can also increase practical work experience, which academics cannot bring. So, we need a combination of academics and internships. I believe this could be the meaning why we have the CPT program, it helps a lot.
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