Regina Hannemann

Senior Lecturer, Electrical And Computer Engineering
I am the lead instructor for the Senior Capstone Design Course in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I am interested in connecting undergraduate engineering students and bourbon industry professionals through capstone design projects. One of our Fall2020-Spring2021 teams is working with Bardstown Bourbon Company to develop a controls system for their new bottling facility.

Anastasia Hauser
Lecturer, Chemical and Materials Engineering 
I am from Kentucky, so I learned at an early age the importance of the bourbon industry to the state and always found the history of bourbon production interesting. I have co-taught EGR 380 Bourbon Production Engineering and I am particularly interested in researching and developing process improvements to increase production and reduce operating costs.

J. Tom Henninger
Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering
I am one of the instructors for the Capstone Senior Design courses in the Mechanical Engineering Department. We are always looking for good design projects that require solving a real-world problem and would like to have more projects from the bourbon industry. As assistant director of the UK Industrial Assessment Center (KIAC), I am also interested in helping the bourbon industry save energy and improve each facility's bottom line. The KIAC offers free one-day energy assessments to facilities in Kentucky, funded by the Department of Energy.   

Alexandre Martin
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
- Bourbon barrel toasting and charring - Bourbon maturation and aging - Bourbon diffusion in wood

Sue E Nokes

Sue E. Nokes

Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Facilities, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

I have worked in fermentation research for 25 years. I've worked both with submerged (liquid) fermentation and solid-substrate cultivation. Typically my research has focused on converting lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol or butanol, but I have also worked with producing industrial enzymes and related products. My focus is on process development and mathematical modeling of the processes.


Lindell Ormsbee

Lindell Ormsbee

Director, Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute

The KWRRI has developed water sustainability reports for several of the Jim Beam distilleries as well as one for Maker's Mark. We have also developed watershed management plans for several of the watersheds in which their distilleries are located. We are currently working with several distilleries in the Glenns Creek watershed near Versailles.


Savio Poovathingal

Assistant ProfessorMechanical Engineering
My research looks at chemical reactions specifically focusing on pyrolysis and decomposition of hydrocarbon products. With the distilled spirits area, my research would focus on charring and toasting of barrels. 

Stephen Rankin

Stephen Rankin

Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering

I have research interests in developing new porous materials for adsorption, catalysis, and controlled release. Through collaborations with faculty in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at UK, I have developed an interest in applying these materials to products developed from lignocellulosic biomass. The distilled spirits industry is where much of these concepts have been applied for hundreds of years. Currently, I am developing collaborations aimed at isolating and purifying valuable co-products from waste streams generated by distilleries and related processes, such as aqueous waste streams and spent grains. I have also worked towards developing collaborations addressing how to more effectively utilize lignin to produce therapeutics and modified materials for biomedical applications, in addition to generating fermentation products from the saccharides present in grains and other biomass.


Steven Schafrik

Steven Schafrik

Associate Professor, Mining Engineering

I have been conducting research improving the environment in and around the bourbon warehouses.


Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson

Lecturer, Chemical and Materials Engineering

For the past two years, I have taught the Bourbon Production Engineering course for both chemical engineers and non-chemical engineers. Through these courses, I have interacted with a variety of experts from the bourbon industry through guest speaking opportunities. Additionally, I have worked with Brad Berron to advise seven undergraduate engineering students on a variety of bourbon related research projects. We have worked to establish a pathway for ethyl carbamate production and retention in bourbon spirits. This project has been in collaboration with Castle and Key. I am interested in research on bourbon processing and production. I am also interested in learning how we can better serve the industry through enhancing our current student training and expanding to training of bourbon industry professionals.