California State University, Fresno
Dr. Sommer joined the Department of Viticulture and Enology as
the Director of the Viticulture and Enology Research Center
(VERC) in the Spring 2019 semester. As Director of VERC, Sommer
provides research and administrative leadership 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.
Prior to joining Fresno State’s viticulture and enology team, Dr. Sommer was the academic program director and an Assistant Professor of Fermentation Sciences at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He also brings more than eight years of industry experience in various fields of beverage production including wineries, sparkling wine companies, breweries, table water production, and related fields including industrial flavor production.