MILWAUKEE, WI. — January 13, 2011 – Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, a global provider of fermentation ingredients to the beverage and fuel alcohol industry, is proud to announce the appointment of Prof. Graeme Walker as the new Scientific Director of The Ethanol Technology Institute. Graeme takes over from Dr. Mike Ingledew who, after a long and distinguished career, has decided to retire.
Dr. Walker is currently Professor of Zymology and director of the Abertay Yeast Research Group (Dundee, Scotland) and will continue in this capacity. He has published over 100 articles in journals, books, and conference proceedings and has also authored the textbook: Yeast Physiology and Biotechnology, published by J. Wiley (1998) and Bioethanol, published by Ventus (2010). Graeme graduated with a BSc in Brewing & Biochemistry in 1975 and completed his PhD in Yeast Physiology (1978), both from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
He also acts as Guest Lecturer at the Siebel Institute/World Brewing Academy (Chicago), the Scandinavian Brewing School (Copenhagen) and the Polish Fermentation and Brewing School. Since 1973 Graeme has been an active member (and now Fellow) of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) and he currently is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Institute of Brewing. He is also an active member of the American Society of Brewing Chemists and the Scottish Microbiology Society (past/founding Convenor).
He was Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee for the Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference (organized by the IBD Scottish Section, September 2008) and is on the 2011 Committee. He has also co-designed the IBD’s new General Certificate in Bioalcohol production (GCAP).
Graeme is also active in the fuel alcohol industry consulting for several global biofuels companies on both first and second-generation fuel alcohol research, development and production.
“Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spiritsis very excited to have someone of the caliber and experience of Dr. Walker joining the Ethanol Technology Institute.” says Bill Nankervis, General Manager. “Graeme, not unlike his predecessor Dr. Mike Ingledew, is one of those unique individuals who are recognized leading academics, yet are able to bridge the gap that so often exists between academia and practical application of the theory in industrial situations. We look forward to working with Graeme to continue the excellence of The Alcohol School and the other programs and publications the Ethanol Technology Institute is known for around the world.”
About Ethanol Technology Institute
The Ethanol Technology Institute is the educational arm of Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spiritsand is responsible for the production of both The Alcohol School’s (Toulouse, France and Montreal, Quebec, Canada) and The Operator’s School (Omaha, Nebraska, USA). The Institute is also responsible for The Alcohol Textbook, the preeminent book on alcohol production. For more information on The Institute or LET, please visit www.ethanoltech.com.
About Lallemand Inc.
Lallemand Inc. is a privately held Canadian company specializing in the research, development, production, marketing and distribution of yeast and bacteria. Lallemand has approximately 2,200 employees located in more than 30 countries on all continents. For more information about Lallemand, please visit www.lallemand.com.