As you grab a cold one this holiday season, give thanks to Rebecca Bennett, a brewmaster for Anheuser-Busch. The newlywed uses her engineering degree to design new beers. See her exciting journey in STEM and her tips for thriving in business.

Name: Rebecca Bennett
Age: 31
Title: Product Development Specialist, Anheuser-Busch
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Education: Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, Purdue University

The gig: I manage the development of new products, a joint effort between the brewing, research and innovation teams. Part of my job is to take concepts and transfer them into a brewing recipe. I also coordinate test brewing in our Research Pilot Brewery. The brewing process takes about a year. Seeing the final product on the shelf, at a restaurant or on TV is very rewarding. The first time I saw a product I developed in the grocery store I was with my then-boyfriend, now-husband on our way to the checkout.  I happened to see the packaging out of the corner of my eye and yelled “that’s my beer!”  We of course bought some.  I sent a picture to my parents and posted it on Facebook.  We are all extremely proud of the work we do here.

For the complete article and profile for Rebecca Bennett, visit Essence.com.

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