Mudd Talks– “Do Something Else: STEM and the Wine Industry”

November 10, 2020 Add to Calendar

5–6 p.m.



Challenges facing the wine industry can be overcome with innovative approaches. The only thing missing is the army of STEM researchers to solve them! Diana Hawkins will discuss her unusual path from engineering to winemaking, the current challenges facing the wine industry, the need for innovative solutions and where STEM can take you.

Extra credit! Read the summer 2016 Harvey Mudd College Magazine article about Hawkins' journey as an atypical sommelier.

This event is open to everyone. Students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and prospective students are welcome to join.

Diana Hawkins '08 (engineering) grew up in the Midwest, but while she was in California she fell in love with wine. Shortly after her graduation from HMC, Hawkins decided to pursue a career as a sommelier in Chicago. She's developed beverage programs for the James Beard, award-winning Lula Cafe and graced the floors of Alinea—a Michelin three-star restaurant in Chicago. In 2019, she graduated with her master's degree in wine science from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Hawkins completed her thesis on the microbial contribution to regional wine character. She currently works as a winemaking consultant and is in the process of developing her own wine brand in New Zealand.

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