线上学术报告:Planning for Future ABE

发布日期:2020-06-24   浏览次数:

线上学术报告:Planning for Future ABE


报告题目:Planning for Future ABE

报告人:Professor K.C. Ting(Professor and Vice Dean, International Campus, Zhejiang University, China; Professor and Head Emeritus, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)




会 议I D:239 170 466

联系人:刘嫣红 13521779392




Agricultural and biological engineering (ABE), and similarly named engineering subject areas, was originally called Agricultural Engineering. It has undergone continuous changes over 100 plus years; especially in the past 30 years.  ABE is frequently viewed as an academic and professional discipline that integrates life sciences and engineering for enhancement of complex living systems including agricultural, food, energy, and the environment. Food and agricultural system is a very large-scale bio-based economic engine. ABE is a major contributor to keep this economic engine sustainable and competitive. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) is the primary professional society for ABEers. ASABE has been a major facilitator and partner for the ABE changes. Its transformation and initiatives have been indications of the trend and direction of ABE evolution. Currently, the names of ABE academic programs in the U.S., and beyond, have many variations and can be described as “Agri- and/or Bio- Engineering.” In addition to “Agricultural and Biological Engineering,” another commonly used name is “Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.” In this presentation, arguments are made that “Agricultural Biosystems Engineering” (without an “and”) may be a more appropriate name for the ABE discipline.  The reasons are (1) It does away from the compound names that contain an “and,” (2) It explicitly describes the use of Biosystems Engineering to serve the broadly defined Agriculture sector, and (3) It signifies ABE’s strengths in systems approach, problem solving, team work, global thinking, detailed attention, as well as cross disciplinary and transdisciplinary capabilities. The mission of Agricultural Biosystems Engineering is proposed as “Enhance sustainable productivity of food and agricultural systems through innovative biosystems that are empowered by intelligent engineering analysis/solutions and machines.” Thoughts on how to plan for future Agricultural Biosystems Engineering are shared. The importance of making the discipline locally relevant and globally preeminent is emphasized.  



K.C. Ting (PhD-Illinois & Professional Engineer-New Jersey) is Professor and Vice Dean of International Campus, Zhejiang University (IC@ZJU), China. He has a B.S. from National Taiwan University, an M.S. from University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), all in agricultural engineering. Before joining IC@ZJU in January 2017, He served as Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, UIUC from 2004 to 2016. He also served as department head/chair at The Ohio State University, Rutgers University, and University of Houston in U.S.A. He has been leading research teams to develop and implement methodologies for system scoping techniques, computer models, simulation and optimization results, and decision support systems for agricultural production and intelligent food systems, as well as to study the related issues of automation, energy efficiency, environmental impact, and economic feasibility. He has participated in proposal developments for four large successful research programs: NASA New Jersey Specialized Center of Research and Training, BP Energy Biosciences Institute, ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss, and USAID Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium. He has delivered over 135 invited presentations in 17 countries. He has published over 295 articles, papers, monographs, presentations, and reports. His direct research funding includes PI and Co-PI for over US$12 million. He served as an Editor-in-Chief for Computers and Electronics in Agriculture during January 2007-December 2010. He was a fellow of Food Systems Leadership Institute in 2006-2008. He was a participant of ESCOP/ACOP/USDA Leadership Development Program (currently Lead 21) in 1993-1994. He has participated in and led a good number of external review committees to assess academic and research units and programs, as well as strategy formulation meetings to develop visions and action plans in the areas of agriculture and food systems in several countries. He has conducted workshops on academic leadership in the U.S. and other countries. He has participated in establishing international collaborative education and research programs between institutions in U.S. and countries in Asia, Europe, Middle East, South America, and Africa. He served as a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Foundation Board of Trustees during 2009-2015. He co-chaired the Conference Program Committee for the ASABE Global Food Security Conference held in 2016 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. His awards and recognitions include: Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Kentucky Lifetime Achievement Award (2019), China National Teaching Achievement Award-2nd Class (2018), two ASABE Presidential Citations (2017), Zhejiang Province (China) Teaching Achievement Award-1st Class (2016), Illinois Land Improvement Contractors of America Shiny Shovel Award (2013), ASABE James R. and Karen A. Gilley Academic Leadership Award (2011), ASABE Kishida International Award (2008), Guest Chair Professor, College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China (2006), Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME (2002), Fellow of ASABE (2001), and Cook College/Alpha Zeta Professor of the Year, Rutgers University (1997).


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