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Roberts Named Head of Food Science Department

Robert F. Roberts, who has served as interim head of the Penn State Department of Food Science since May 2012, has been named to the post on a permanent basis.

“We’re grateful to Bob Roberts for stepping in to guide the department during its period of transition,” said Barbara Christ, interim dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. “In the end, it was apparent that his scholarly achievement, his intimate knowledge of the department’s strengths and potential, and his strategic vision give him the leadership traits needed to help maintain and enhance the quality of our food science programs into the future.”

Roberts joined the Penn State faculty as an assistant professor of food science in 1991. He was promoted to associate professor in 1998 and achieved the rank of full professor in 2012.

Roberts is active in extension and industry-outreach programming. He is director of the Penn State Ice Cream Short Course—the oldest, best-known, and largest educational program dealing with the science and technology of ice cream. He also founded and directs the Penn State Cultured Dairy Products Short Course, which provides participants with an overview of basic dairy technology and the manufacture of cultured dairy products, including buttermilk, sour cream, cottage cheese, yogurt, and cream cheese. He has presented on dairy products processing and dairy microbiology in Australia, China, Germany, Mexico, and Ukraine.

Chuck Gill