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Ph.D. Oregon State University, Corvallis (Genetics), 2000.
B.S. Central Washington University, Ellensburg (Chemistry and B.S. Biology). 1991.
Early in his career, Dr. Wagner trained as a microbiologist with special interests in fermentation processes from cheese to beer. Dr. Wagner is the instructor for BIOL 317 Principles of Biochemistry and Brewing. He has taught courses in Biological Fermentation and instructs on the following topics: Genetics, General Biology, Molecular Biotechnology, and Developments in Cellular Biology. He enjoys hoppy Pacific Northwest Ales and clear Northern German Pilsners.


Beardsley PE: Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington.
Roger co-founded of The Roslyn Brewing Company, a microbrewery in Roslyn WA, where he was employed from 1990 to 2004. Currently, Mr. Beardsley teaches IET 360 Brew Process Technology as well as classes in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer in the Mechanical Engineering Technology department at Central Washington University.


 MBA, Western Governors University, Salt Lake City (Strategy & Management), 2013.
B.A. Washington State University, Pullman (Hospitality Business Management), 2002.
Currently the Program Manager in the office of Continuing Education, Franklin is the primary contact for Craft Brewing by handling all administrative, promotional and program support.  He helped to develop and launch the Craft Brewing Certificate in 2009 and has been with the program ever since. Franklin’s grandfather owned and operated Cascade Beverage Company, Ellensburg, Washington, where he developed a love for the beer and wine industry.  In 2003 Franklin became an avid home-brewer while working in the hospitality industry. He has over 14 years of hospitality experience, working at various companies such as the Golden Nugget Las Vegas and Red Bull.


Douglas MBA, Schulich School – York University, Toronto (Real Estate Finance), 1994.
Bachelor of Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C. (Biology)
Dan Lee is currently the founder and CEO of Odin Brewing Company in Seattle, WA. Prior to starting the company over 5 years ago, Dan spent over 15 years in various marketing and leadership positions at companies such as Philips Electronics (Sonicare), Miller Brewing Company, S.C. Johnson and Son Inc. and Canadian Tire Corp. Dan Lee teaches RMT 320 Merchandising Management for the Microbrewer. His interests are history, skiing, golf, hockey, and beer, of course.


Ph.D.  University of Oregon, Eugene (Biochemistry), 2009.
B.S.  Mississippi State University (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), 2002.
Dr. Ricketson trained in biochemistry and molecular cell biology with research interests in yeast biology and metabolism. Dr. Ricketson is the instructor for BIOL 312 – Brewing Microbiology. He has taught classes on the biochemistry of alcohol metabolism, and instructs on the following topics: Genetics, Evolution and Microbiology. He enjoys Pacific Northwest Ales, especially Porters and IPAs.


Johnson Ph.D. University of Tennessee (Botany), 1997.
M.S. Eastern Illinois University (Botany), 1992.
Dr. Johnson is an expert in mycology and microbiology. His instructional experience at Central Washington University involves yeast and bacterial biology, as well as, microbiological laboratory techniques. Dr. Johnson teaches BIOL 312 Brewing Microbiology. Dr. Johnson also teaches Mycology, Field Mycology, Plant Pathology, Fundamentals of Biology, Introductory Microbiology, Introduction to Evolution, and General Biology I.

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