Zhiyou Wen has been named the interim director of the Center for Crops Utilization Research. Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University.

Wen named interim director for Center for Crops Utilization Research at Iowa State University

AMES, Iowa — Zhiyou Wen has been named the interim director of Iowa State University’s Center for Crops Utilization Research.

Wen, a professor of food science and human nutrition, has been an Iowa State faculty member since 2010. He assumed his new duties Sept. 1.

Wen succeeds Kevin Keener, who has served as the center’s director since 2015 and plans to return to the food science and human nutrition faculty to focus on research, teaching and industry training initiatives.

“For more than 30 years, the Center for Crops Utilization Research has been committed to increasing the use of corn, soybeans and other crops and exploring new opportunities to develop advanced technologies and high-value products,” Wen said.

Read the complete news release published by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences