Dr. Claus obtained his PhD in Biosystems Engineering from Michigan State University. His thesis project involved the production and analysis of fruit brandies (cherries, peaches, pears, etc.) and the ability to model the distillation process using commercially available software.
He was recognized in 2008 with the Ross Newsom Award for outstanding teaching. He has served as the chair of the curriculum committee from 2007 through 2014, and was one of the faculty members responsible for starting the Ribbons of Excellence Day Program at Adrian College.
He has been invited to give many presentations revolving around distilled spirits, the distilled spirits industry and the science of distilled spirits, including two Science Cafe talks.
He has worked in conjunction with Dr. James Hanley to develop a course bridging the disciplines of chemistry/physics and political science with their course Nuclear Weapons and Power, a course which crosses many boundaries and disciplines.
He lives in Saline with his wife and son.