William Ristenpart

Founding Director
UC Davis Coffee Center

William Ristenpart is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California Davis and the founding director of the UC Davis Coffee Center. He received his PhD from Princeton University and did his postdoctoral work at Harvard University before joining the faculty at UC Davis in 2008. A member of the UC Davis Food Science Graduate Group, Prof. Ristenpart's area of research expertise is in complex transport phenomena, as exemplified by the mass transfer that occurs during coffee brewing. The introductory class that he co-developed, titled "The Design of Coffee: An Introduction to Chemical Engineering," is now the most popular elective course at UC Davis, taught to almost 2000 students per year.