Professor Adams is currently the chair of the department’s Scholarship Committee and serves on the Teaching Committee.
Adams’ research program focuses on grape berry ripening. He has concentrated his efforts in two principle areas: the biochemical changes that occur during ripening, and the development of tannins in skins and seeds of red wine varieties. The latter leads naturally into research related to the level of tannins in wines, and he has pursued that topic with students in the university’s graduate food sciences program whose primary interest is in winemaking.
Benson founded the agency in 1997, which provides marketing services to wine and spirits companies from its offices in Napa, New York and Paris. He speaks frequently at industry conferences and university seminars on digital trends, brand marketing and direct-to-consumer marketing. Among other roles, Benson has worked with industry organizations including Free the Grapes!; Auction Napa Valley; UC Davis Board of Visitors & Fellows; and the Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium.
Since joining the Chemical Engineering faculty in 1996, his research has been focused on technology for wine fermentations and biopharmaceutical fermentation optimization based on historical process data and artificial intelligence. More recently, his work has included applications to biofuel production including the study of increased alcohol tolerance in microorganisms and of bio-based fuels.
Elsbach is a professor of management and expert in organizational behavior. She was named the first recipient of the prestigious Stephen G. Newberry Endowed Chair in Leadership in March 2010. She was a Chancellor’s Fellow at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management from 2000 to 2005 and she currently is the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative for the UC Davis campus. She received her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Stanford University in 1993.
Andrew Hargadon is a professor of management and director of technology management programs at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He is also founding director of the UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship and UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center. He was recently named the first recipient of the Charles J. Soderquist Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship.
Amy Hoopes is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer of Wente Family Estates. She oversees all global marketing and sales operations for the family-owned wine portfolio including Wente Vineyards, Entwine, Murrieta’s Well, Double Decker, and Hayes Ranch, as well as for the lifestyle operations, The Course, The Restaurant and the Concerts at Wente Vineyards.
Richard Mendelson specializes in alcohol beverage law and land use planning for wineries and vineyards. His clients include some of the most recognized names in the California wine industry and many of the excellent restaurants and hotels for which the Napa Valley has become famous.
During her PhD studies at Adelaide University in Australia, she researched the development of the mouth-feel wheel for red wine and investigated the changes in polymeric pigment structure and composition with wine aging. Dr. Oberholster’s primary focus was on both wine and analytical chemistry with an emphasis on the influence different winemaking techniques have on phenol composition and quality.
Smiley is a professor emeritus of management, former dean and director of wine industry programs at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He earned both a B.S. in engineering and an M.S. in business economics from UCLA; in 1973, he received his Ph.D. in economics from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Before joining UC Davis, Professor Smiley was on the faculty at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
An internationally recognized wine chemist, his research program focuses on phenolic compounds, in particular their effects on wine qualities and on the health of wine consumers. His current interests also include the effect of oxidation on wine chemistry and how this oxidation affects important quality parameters of wine, such as taste and color. Waterhouse is participating in the development of general analytical methodology of interest in wine analysis and has a variety of methods published in this area.
Yetman received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches courses on taxes and business strategy, corporate governance, and the accounting industry. He has also has lectured on cost accounting at executive education programs for wine industry professionals.
Despite a significant, long-term shortage of grapes and economic pressures that are putting the squeeze on profit margins, California wine industry leaders are cautiously optimistic about the future, according to two new surveys conducted by the University of California, Davis.
Findings from the surveys of wine executives and winemakers were presented today during the Wine Industry Financial Symposium at the Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, Calif.
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Agilent Technologies’ Electronic Measurement Group is a $3.6 billion business that over the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in its customer base from U.S., and Western European customers to predominantly Asia-based customers. Today, the majority of the division’s revenues are generated outside of the U.S., with an increasing concentration in China.
(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s full-time MBA program has been ranked among the top six percent of AACSB International-accredited programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.