Joseph McGuire, a professor at Oregon State University since 1987 has been appointed by Sandra Woods, dean of the College of Engineering, as interim head of the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering (CBEE).

“Joe has experience as an interim head. He has developed and led a strong research program. He cares about students and teaching and he has the respect of the faculty and staff in CBEE,” said Woods. “I look forward to working with him to continue to build the CBEE faculty and to develop excellent, collaborative programs.”

Over the course of his 27 years at Oregon State, McGuire has sponsored 40 master’s and Ph.D. graduates, mentored more than 80 undergraduate research assistants, and hosted five postdoctoral research associates. He has delivered more than 100 conference presentations and approximately the same number of peer-reviewed scientific articles, and taught 21 different courses.

In his new appointment, McGuire will manage the school’s academic programs, which serve more than 925 undergraduate and 120 graduate students, and oversee a unit with 35 faculty and 6 staff. He will continue to conduct research on theoretical and experimental studies of biopolymer adsorption, structure, and function at interfaces, with emphasis on applications to bioprocess and biomedical materials technology.

“In this role, I expect to see that CBEE moves forward with high achievement and optimism during the interim period, fueled as much as possible through faculty empowerment,” said McGuire.

McGuire earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering at North Carolina State University.