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Instructor Profiles

Robert Anderson
Brewing, Distilling and Fermenting
Robert Anderson has developed, managed and led high–performance multifunctional teams for Procter & Gamble, E.&J. Gallo Winery, Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Supreme Corq. His experience and repeated success with billion–dollar multinational corporations and early-stage start–ups is a testament to Cal Poly's Learn by Doing. Mr. Anderson's depth of experience will provide students with keen insights in what it takes to be successful in the wine and spirits industry. Mr. Anderson holds a MBA with a concentration in global wine marketing from the KEDGE / Business School in France.
Michael Botwin
Michael Botwin, Ph.D., is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and Director of The American Wine Society, San Luis Obispo Chapter. He has taught wine appreciation courses since 1973 and has published articles on wine in professional journals.
L. Federico Casassa

Brewing, Distilling, and Fermenting
The focus of my research lies on the broad areas of grape and wine chemistry and biochemistry and their sensory implications, with a special emphasis on applied research. I have been involved in research projects focusing on the impact of irrigation techniques, especially Regulated Deficit Irrigation. I am also interested in the chemical and sensory aspects arising from intrinsic variations of berry size in red wine cultivars, and their impact during winemaking. In the past ten years I have also been involved in practical winemaking conducted both at pilot and at commercial scale, being responsible for production of red, white, rose's and late-harvest wines.
Katya Cengel
Bestsellers & Storytellers Writer’s Program
Katya Cengel has written for New York Times Magazine, Esquire and Marie Claire among other publications. She was a 2014 International Center for Journalists Mozambique fellow, a 2015 International Reporting Project Guatemala fellow and a 2016 International Women’s Media Foundation African Great Lakes fellow. Her University of Nebraska Press book “Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life” was a 2013 Kentucky Literary Award finalist and her series “Lost Boys, Torn Families” received a second place Green Eyeshade award for feature writing in 2006. Cengel teaches journalism at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and U.C. Berkley Extension.
Erik Dungan
Coding For Kids
Erik Dungan is a software engineer, entrepreneur, and Cal Poly computer science major from Arroyo Grande, CA. As a kid, Erik began programming BASIC on an Atari 400. Erik has founded multiple software startups, most recently BIG Folio which serves professional photographers and was acquired in 2014. Erik returned to Cal Poly part-time in 2015 and currently serves as a senior engineer at a mobile ecommerce startup. He currently programs in Ruby and Swift and has shipped multiple apps to the IOS App Store.
Robert Emery
Learn by Brewing
Rob Emery studied Food Science and Technology at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His “aha!” beers were Sierra Nevada Celebration and Firestone Walker Union Jack. These beers opened his eyes and fostered his curiosity about the potential and complexity that beer could possess. During his years in school, homebrewing became a passion of his and saved him from failing chemistry and bio chemistry because it gave him something to apply the subject matter to. After graduating Cal Poly in 2013, Rob began working as an intern at Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in the quality assurance lab. Here, he learned the quality assurance basics of analytical chemistry, microbiology, sensory, and packaging.

After completing the internship, Rob was offered a full time position as a QC Packaging Analyst and spent a year in this position learning the nuances of how to delicately package craft beer. When a position as Sensory Analyst opened in the lab, Rob jumped at the opportunity as flavor has always been a passion for him. Since then, Rob has spent the past two years learning how to run a sensory program, train a sensory panel, and understand how flavor is derived throughout the beer making process.
Charles M. Intrieri
Inventory Management
Mr. Intrieri has been a consultant 20+ years in supply chain management. He has held Director level positions in companies such as Schwinn Bicycle, TROY-BILT and was the purchasing manager for The General Binding Corporation Company. Charles has worked with the Cal Poly Small Business Development Center and with small business on the central coast.
Dr. Luis Castro Lizano
Learn By Brewing
Luis Castro Lizano is an Assistant Professor in the Food Science & Nutrition Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is currently working on starting a brewing concentration for our Food Science department and developing a nationally recognized brewing research program. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Costa Rica, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Food Science from Washington State University, where he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate. His doctoral and postdoctoral work focused on the effect of non-volatile components on the sensory and chemical properties of beer. His primary research interests are studying the relationships between different brewing practices and the resulting chemical and sensory profiles of beer, as well as the effects of processing practices on the final quality characteristics of brewing products. He is a member of the American Society of Brewing Chemists and has presented some of his research at their annual conferences.
Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett
World Relgions Lecture Series
Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett is an internationally known Religious Studies scholar and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Cal Poly. A dynamic, popular community lecturer, he is the recipient the Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts teaching award and the President's Community Service Award. Author of Beauty for Ashes: The Spiritual Transformation of a Modern Greek Community and the forthcoming The Soul of Wine: In Vino Sanctus, Professor Lloyd-Moffett holds a M.A. in Religious Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara; Master of Theology from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary; Ph.D. in Religious Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Cindy Neuschwander
Bestsellers and Storytellers Writer’s Program
Cindy Neuschwander is the author of 17 published picture books for children. Her work includes the Sir Cumference series, Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream, Mummy Math, and Pastry School in Paris. Her books have been review by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the School Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly. Cindy began writing books in 1994. She had used math literature in her own elementary classes and wanted to use more of these books. There were not many available so she started writing some of her own. Cindy enrolled in a writing class at a nearby university and learned how to better communicate her ideas; this is where her writing career was born. Now, her books are published by Charlesbridge, Henry Holt, and Scholastic.
Tricia Reichert
Drawing and Painting
Tricia Reichert obtained her formal teaching credentials from Battersea College, University of London. Although she had always been keenly interested in art, most of her artistic expressions were made through her chosen major of Home Economics and minor of Textile Art. When more time became available, Tricia developed her true passion for art and for the past twenty-eight years has studied and practiced drawing and painting in a wide variety of media. She specializes in the art of portraiture in pastel and watercolor. Her other areas of expertise and interest include many forms of printmaking and figurative sculpture. Tricia also teaches a wide range of classes, workshops and individual students. In teaching, she uses her broad experience and highly developed, natural teaching ability to present all material and explanations in the most accessible way.

“I believe that in art, as in writing, a developed vocabulary and an understanding of grammar are necessary fundamental requirements for self expression. In art the vocabulary could be attributed to the use of the materials, while the grammar may be considered the design and composition of the finished work. My aim as an art teacher is always to devise and present the fundamental vocabulary and grammar of art related skills, (in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking) in ways that make them accessible and easy to understand”.
Brian Schwartz
Bestsellers and Storytellers Writer’s Program
Brian Schwartz is an award winning author and former president of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. In the past 12 months, Brian Schwartz and his marketing team have taken more than fifty titles to #1 status on Amazon. Some of Brian's notable clients include NY Times Bestseller Sara Davidson, Joe Cross (Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead), and Arlo Guthrie. Brian is the founder of, a site dedicated to bridging the gap between self-publishers and traditional publishing. He is a passionate speaker who enjoys sharing the proven strategies and techniques of successful indie authors. His YouTube channel has over 100,000 views. Brian has authored two books: 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs Thriving in Uncertain Times and Finding Speaking Success (Wise Media Group). He was featured in Wild Ink: Successful Secrets to Writing and Publishing in the Young Adult Market (Prufrock Press). He is a past columnist for the Northern Colorado Business Report.
Ken Smith
Learn by Brewing
Ken Smith began brewing at home in 2002. His first brews were extract with partial grain mash in his home kitchen. He worked on mastering process and ingredients over the years graduating to “all grain” brewing and building his own brewing sculpture from scratch in 2009. Since beginning to brew he has brewed over 200 batches of beer in over 20 distinct styles. He has brewed American Ales, English Ales, Belgian Ales, Barley Wines, German Lagers, Czech Lagers, Sour beers, Ciders and Bourbon Barrel Aged Beers. He has worked in barrel aging of beers and barrel maintenance. In 2009 he received from the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) his Certified level of beer judge.

Since then he has judged many local, regional and national competitions. Mr. Smith has been a member of the local San Luis Obispo Brewers Group (SLOB’s) since 2006. He is actively involved in club projects and social events along with mentoring new brewers. Mr. Smith is involved with BarrelHouse Brewing Company doing sensory analysis, brewing process, and employee training. This year (2016) Mr. Smith won a Silver medal at the National Homebrewers Competition, the largest beer competition in the world, in the Dark Lager category with his Czech Dark Lager. Mr. Smith will be retiring this August from the County of Santa Barbara Fire Department after 28 years of service and is looking forward to spending time with his wife, 3 adult children and first grand baby due in November.
John Spiers
Importing as a Small Business
John Spiers has decades of experience in working with international trading companies in every position. Having worked at the heart of Seattle and San Francisco, his areas of expertise include international trade buying/selling, operations and computerization, market penetration, sourcing products, structuring finance, and distribution plans. As an instructor he is highly rated for his experience, pace, content, and humor.
Sam Tierney
Learn by Brewing
Sam Tierney's interest in beer was kindled while studying abroad for a semester at Lund University in Sweden, where he was exposed to many of the classic beers of Europe. Upon returning to finish his political science degree at UCSB, he took up homebrewing and decided that he wanted to pursue a career in professional brewing after graduation. After a year of working in natural resource management for California State Parks and developing his homebrewing skills on the weekends, Sam went back to school to study brewing at the Siebel Institute in Chicago and Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany, earning an International Diploma in Brewing Technology from the two schools. After graduation, he was hired as a brewer at Firestone Walker, where he has been for over five years. He now works as Quality Control Brewer, overseeing yeast handling and fermentation, as well as barrel-aging at the Paso Robles brewery. Sam is also a Certified Cicerone and writes a monthly beer column called Into The Brew for San Diego-based beer magazine West Coaster.

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