Benoît Igne received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Agricultural engineering at Ecole d’Ingénieur de Purpan, in Toulouse, France. He continued his academic career at Iowa State University in Ames Iowa, USA, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering in 2009 under the direction of Dr. Charles R. Hurburgh, Jr. Benoît joined Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, as a post-doctoral student and subsequently a program coordinator in the Duquesne Center for Pharmaceutical Technology. In these positions, he worked to explore how NIR could be used to better control pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. He also served as an adjunct faculty in the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, teaching graduate chemometrics. In 2010, Benoît joined, in parallel of his academic activities, Strategic Process Control Technologies, LLC, a consulting firm addressing industry needs in implementing process analytical technologies. Benoît currently holds a principal scientist position at GlaxoSmithKline, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Benoît has worked on numerous aspects of the use of NIR in the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries. Improving calibration transfer methodologies and using more advanced algorithms to extract the most relevant information for NIR data have been at the core of his work. Benoît is also particularly interested in model maintenance and the understanding of what makes a laboratory experiment become a tool of choice in manufacturing environments.
Benoît has authored or co-authored numerous scientific papers and a book. He is the Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy President-elect and served two terms as Board member.