Faculty & Staff Directory

Faculty:

Name Title and Area of Specialty

Anil Shrestha

Chair, Department of Viticulture & Enology and Professor, Weed Science

Dr. Shrestha joined the Department of Viticulture and Enology in the Fall 2018 semester as Department Chair where he provides leadership for administering, developing, and operating all academic responsibilities for the viticulture and enology program.  He works directly with the Viticulture & Enology Research Center (VERC) Director, the University Agricultural Laboratory (UAL) Manager, and the grape and wine industry.

Prior to joining the Department of Viticulture and Enology Department Dr. Shrestha taught weed science and was involved in several viticulture research projects in the Plant Science Department at Fresno State.  His primary research area is integrated vegetation management. Particular research interests include vineyard ecology and weed management, weed biology and ecology, crop-weed competition, herbicide-resistance management, environmental aspects of vegetation management, agroecology, and organic farming. 

Director

Coming in Spring 2019

Director, Viticulture & Enology Research Center (VERC).  

The VERC Director provides research and administrative leadership for VERC by planning, promoting, and administering all viticulture and enology research programs.  Responsibilities involve collaboration with other research centers within the Jordan College and university, the Department of Viticulture and Enology, other institutions, and the grape and wine industry. The VERC Director is a CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position.

Luca Brillante

Assistant Professor of Viticulture & Bronco Wine Company Viticulture Research Chair 

Emphasis: Wine grape production and vineyard management. Teaching:  In the areas of general viticulture, mechanized viticulture, and advanced grape and vine enterprise management in cooperation with the campus vineyard and winery management personnel; will advise students, supervise student research projects, and engage in a rigorous scientific research agenda.   

Fall Semester: Viticulture 101  

Sanliang Gu

Professor of Viticulture & Ricchiuti Chair of Viticulture Research

Fruit quality improvement, plant nutrition, plant-water relations, cold hardiness, cultivar evaluation, trellis systems and canopy management  

Fall Semester:  On Sabbatical

Miguel Pedroza

Assistant Professor of Enology  

Wine chemistry, sensory evaluation of wines  

Fall Semester courses: Enology 105- Advanced Sensory Evaluation of Wine, Enology 164 - Wine Analysis & Production

Qun Sun

Assistant Professor of Enology 

Food science with an emphasis on wine chemistry, chemosensory and viticultural studies of hybrid grape and resulting wines, food/beverage development, grape/wine aroma and flavor compound identification, the impact of viticultural practices on grape and wine quality, developing new analytical techniques for measurement of grape and wine components, determining the relationship between sensory attributes and wine composition  

Fall semester courses: Enology 115 - Analytical Methods for Wine

Sonet Van Zyl

Associate Professor of Viticulture 

Table and raisin grape production and marketing, cultivar development and evaluation, grapevine and rootstock breeding for improved quality and pest and disease resistance, industry focused research for California's table grape and raisin industries  

Fall semester: Vit 103 - Raisin Production & Processing;  Vit 165 - Grape Varieties & Rootstocks, Vit Eno 194

 

 Teaching Faculty & Staff:

 
Name Title and Area of Specialty

Britt Foster

Faculty, Henry Madden Library Subject Librarian for the Jordan College, Viticulture & Enology  

Information literacy instruction, reference and research, including viticulture and enology subjects and V. E. Petrucci Library collection

Richard Gahagan

Lecturer, Enology (Spring Semester)

Former Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Wine Technical Advisor, and M.S. Agricultural Chemistry (Enology) 1982, Fresno State  

Spring Semester course: Regulations - Brandy & Wine

Kevin Smith

Lecturer, Winery Business & Marketing

Business and marketing lecturer, Manager of business and marketing operations for the Fresno State Winery

Fall Semester course: Enology 173  Wine Marketing; Eno-Vit 199 Seminar Series

William Whalen

Lecturer, Enology

Biology, Fermentation

Fall Semester course: Eno 15 - Intro to Enology; Eno 163 - Fermentation 

 

 Adjunct Faculty:

Name Title and Area of Specialty

Susan Rodriguez

Adjunct Faculty

Wine Microbiology, Sensory                                                                                      

Staff:

Name Title and Area of Specialty
Geoffrey Dervishian

Instructional Support Technician - Jordan College of Ag

Works with faculty within the Jordan College of Ag to support their research programs within the Jordan Ag Research Center (JARC) building.  Provides leadership on safety issues.

Javier Garcia

Fresno State Winery Apprentice 2018-2019

Assistant to the Fresno State winemaker for one year. Responsibilities include winery operations and wine production.

Leah Groves

Vineyard Technician

Responsible for all aspects of grape production and vineyard operations of the university's vineyard.

Andrea Magdaleno

Administrative Assistant to the Chair 

Assistant to the Department Chair; responsible for providing support to faculty, staff, and students in the Department.

Nalong Mekdara

Instructional Support Technician - Jordan College of Ag

Provides academic support to faculty in the Jordan College of Ag working in the Graduate Laboratory on campus or requiring classroom support. 

Tom Montgomery

Winemaker, Wine production

All aspects of wine production, winery operations and management of the university's commercial winery.

Responsible for student supervision and training in the Fresno State Winery, and integrating instruction and research activities into the winery operations.

Julie Pedraza

Viticulture & Enology Lab Technician

Responsible for providing research support to faculty, staff, students in the labs

Mark Salwasser

Farm Supervisor, Vineyard Manager

Oversees all aspects of grape production, vineyard operations and management of the university's vineyard. 

Responsible for student supervision and training in the Fresno State vineyards, and integrating instruction and research activities into the vineyard operations.

Cynthia Wood

Viticulture and Enology Program Specialist

Serves as the Outreach and Events Coordinator responsible for promotion of the viticulture and enology faculty, staff, students, and VERC dissemination of research to the grape and wine industry

Cherisse Villareal

Library Assistant, V. E. Petrucci Library 

Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the library collection, and for providing assistance to students, staff, faculty, and patrons.

 

Vacant

Admin Assistant - Accounting Technician

Assistant to the Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC) Director; responsible for providing administrative support to VERC faculty, staff, and students, with an emphasis on research budgets and accounting 

Vacant

Outreach & Events Coordinator Assistant - Part-Time

 

Emeriti:

Name    Title and Area of Specialty           
Sayed Badr

Professor & Chair Emeritus, Plant Science Department and Professor Emeritus, Department of Viticulture and Enology

University Service:  1970 - 2005; Part time FERP 2005 - 2009

Viticulture, with an emphasis on table grape varieties, production and research

 

Barry Gump

Professor Emeritus, Chemistry and Adjunct Faculty of Enology, Department of Viticulture and Enology

University Service: Retirement in May 2007

Chemistry, brewing and wine analysis, Enology

Carlos J. Muller

Professor Emeritus, Enology, Enology Food Science & Nutrition and the Department of Viticulture and Enology

University Service: 1979 - 2004

Food chemistry and biochemistry, flavor development, vine physiology and defense mechanisms, wine quality, spoilage and stability, and the health aspects of wine

Robert L. Wample

Professor and Chair Emeritus, Department of Viticulture and Enology and Director Emeritus, Viticulture & Enology Research Center

University Service:  2000 - 2009

Viticulture Effects of mechanical pruning, irrigation management, productivity and physiology including effects of nutrition, harvest date, pruning level and disease on cold hardiness of wine and juice grapes

Roy Thornton

Professor Emeritus, Enology, Department of Viticulture & Enology 

University Service:  2000 - 2016

Wine Microbiology

 

In Memoriam:

Name    Title and Area of Specialty           
Ken Fugelsang

December 13, 1946 - February 20, 2017

University Service:  1971 - 2011; Part time FERP 2011 - 2016

Professor Emeritus of Enology 

Wine Microbiology, Wine Analysis and Production 

 

Vincent E. Petrucci

July 13, 1925 - December 27, 2016

University Service:  1948 - 1994

Professor Emeritus, Plant Science Department and

Director Emeritus, Viticulture & Enology Research Center

Viticulture Vineyard management and production, varieties