Professional Award in Chemical Engineering goes to Andrea Wilson

October 26, 2018

Andrea Wilson was recognized as the 2018 Professional Award in Chemical Engineering during the annual Speed School homecoming dinner held October 26 at the Brown Hotel.

Wilson is Michter’s Master of Maturation as well as its Executive Vice President – General Manager. As Michter’s Master of Maturation supporting Master Distiller Pamela Heilmann, she manages barrel specifications, barrel procurement, heat cycling and temperature monitoring during aging, tracking maturation of barrels, whiskey filtration in preparation for bottling, and innovation to continue to improve the aging process.

Admired for her accomplishments in the whiskey industry, Wilson has been involved in all aspects of making Michter’s whiskeys. Prior to joining Michter’s, she spent over ten years with Diageo in various whiskey related positions including Director of Distillation and Maturation, North America – overseeing both the U.S. and Canadian distillation and maturation programs. Prior to her departure from Diageo she was the company’s Director of Whiskey Strategy for North American operations.

Becoming the first woman to ever serve as Chair of the Kentucky Distillers Association is among the many honors achieved by Wilson during her illustrious career. She holds a Master of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Louisville, and she has been highlighted in the KET television documentary, Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business.