CORVALLIS - Robert J. McGorrin, manager of the Strategic Innovative Research section of Kraft Foods' Research and Development Center in Glenview, Ill., has been named head of the Department of Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University.

McGorrin, who has a Ph.D. in organic/medicinal chemistry from the University of Illinois, has 22 years of experience in research and development with two Fortune 100 food manufacturers, Kraft Foods and Quaker Oats.

He is active in the American Chemical Society and on the editorial boards for the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and Chemical Innovation, two professional journals.

At OSU McGorrin is replacing Daniel Farkas, head of the Department of Food Science and Technology since 1990, who retired recently. The OSU department is part of OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences. It has 15 faculty involved in undergraduate and graduate teaching, extension work and a wide variety of research programs.

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Lavern Weber, 541-867-0211