Penn State University assistant professor of meat science and technology Chris Raines was killed Sunday night in a one-vehicle accident in Miles Township, part of the State College, PA, metropolitan area.
Raines, 29, grew up in western Ohio, and earned a B.S. in animal science from Oklahoma State University in 2004. He received both an M.S. and Ph.D in meat science from Kansas State University in 2006 and 2008, respectively.
According to a published story on StateCollege.com, Raines worked in meat science and technology in the Department of Dairy and Animal Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Having joined Penn State in 2008, he was known locally -- and elsewhere -- for his programming in meat quality, safety and compliance issues.
"Chris was a remarkably talented and hard-working individual with so much career promise," Terry Etherton, head of dairy and animal science, said in a written statement. "His untimely loss is so tragic for his colleagues, friends and family. We will miss him greatly."
The university noted his academic interests, which centered in part in meat-color chemistry; meat-product display and packaging systems; consumer demand and trends for red-meat products; and sustainability and meat production.