Iowa State University Professors Inducted into Meat Industry Hall of Fame

Joe Sebranek, left, and Joe Cordray after the inductee ceremony.

AMES, Iowa — Two Iowa State University animal scientists joined several well-known food industry leaders when they officially entered the Meat Industry Hall of Fame.

Joe Cordray and Joe Sebranek, Iowa State professors of animal science, were inducted into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame Jan. 31 at a ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia. They joined previous inductees including Colorado State University animal scientist Temple Grandin and Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Robert Rust, a former Iowa State animal science professor, was inducted in 2010.

Cordray and Sebranek have spent their careers specializing in meat science.

Cordray also serves as an extension meat specialist and holds the Smithfield Chair in Meat Extension. In that role he is responsible for providing information on meat science and technology and coordinating short courses for domestic and international meat industry personnel. He also has been the professor-in-charge of the Meat Laboratory at ISU for more than 20 years.

Cordray earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Iowa State in 1971; a master’s degree in 1976 and a doctorate in 1983, both in meat science from Auburn University.

Sebranek, who holds the titles of Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences and Morrison Endowed Chair in Meat Science, joined Iowa State in 1975. He is recognized as one of the world’s foremost scientists in meat processing technology and food safety, and his research has had a major impact on making meat safer for consumers.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1970; a master’s degree in meat and animal science in 1971; and a doctorate in meat and animal science and food science in 1974, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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