Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor
The purpose of the endowment is to provide a permanent source of funding for teaching and research in malting and brewing sciences. Dr. Bamforth is the first Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor, who was selected after an international search. As the Anheuser-Busch Professor at U.C. Davis, Dr. Bamforth will teach undergraduate courses in Malting and Brewing Science, and possibly enzymology. He will also mentor graduate students and maintain a research program in the key areas for the brewing industry of product quality.
"We are grateful to the Anheuser Busch Foundation for its support and excited about the opportunity to recruit a top notch scientist to fill this position," said Charles Shoemaker, Chair of the Department of Food Science & Technology. "The endowed chair will allow us to strengthen our teaching and research activities in brewing and fermentation science."
While accepting the research endowment, Barbara Schneeman, Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said, "This is extremely exciting for all of us who strive to make the College the world's best. This gift, and the position is creates, will add great distinction to our malting and brewing programs.
UC Davis is the only public university in the United States offering an accredited four-year program in brewing science. This program has attained international prominence under the leadership of Professor Michael Lewis, who has recently retired. There are over 150 graduates, most of whom currently are working in the brewing industry, who have completed degrees from the College's Malting and Brewing Program within the Department of Food Science and Technology.