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Chemical engineering and engineering management alumnus Ryan Kanto, right, and wife Sarah Kanto. (Photo: Dustin Holbrook and Kelly Bedoloto)

Finding a Nerdy Niche in Business

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Finding a Nerdy Niche in Business

June 26, 2018
Alumnus donor reinvents craft spirit creations.

Ryan Kanto and his wife, Sarah, are dedicated believers in research and the scientific method. 

“That’s kind of how we look at life,” says Kanto, co-founder of Quantum Spirits in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.

In their new business, the Kantos are helping drive the future of craft distilling by incorporating science and engineering principles into every aspect of production. 

In their giving to the University of Arizona’s College of Engineering, they’re determined not only to move the needle but also to measure that movement so that students will gain the most benefit possible.

Application of science and engineering to aging whiskey is something that got us excited about founding the company."