How do you engineer a beer? Start with a high-quality Colorado State University education. Add interdisciplinary partnerships and industry expertise. Stir in a heaping helping of creativity and two generations of Ram Pride. Mix, ferment, test, iterate, and toast your success. Repeat.

Steve (B.S., ’75; M.S., ’77) and Dan (B.S., ’02) Malyszko have brewed the right recipe for success in industrial controls and automation. The father-son CEO and vice president of Malisko Engineering have created a niche expertise for the brewing industry in partnership with CSU’s Fermentation Science and Technology program.

The mutually beneficial connection provides for experimentation and collaboration between Malisko’s team and FST students at the Ramskeller Brewery in the Lory Student Center, where Malisko has donated more than 3,500 hours of engineering services – the equivalent of $450,000.

Dan explained that Malisko loves giving back to CSU because they can deploy, test, and train on new technologies in an educational setting that is also a real production environment.

The Ramskeller Brewery has the automation system of large-scale operations, which typically run 24/7. The less intense campus brewing schedule gives the Malisko team creative license to implement innovative technologies while supporting the production of world-class beer.

The Fermentation Science and Technology program is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences.

PHOTO: John Eisele, CSU Photography