K.C. Ting named winner of academic leadership award
October 19, 2011
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URBANA - K.C. Ting, head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) at the University of Illinois, is the first recipient of the James R. and Karen A. Gilley Academic Leadership Award. This award was established to recognize a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) who is currently providing outstanding academic leadership while serving as department head/chair of an ABET-accredited agricultural and biological engineering program in the United States.

Ting's career has spanned more than 30 years and four prestigious universities, including the University of Houston, Rutgers University, The Ohio State University, and Illinois. Ting has served as department head/chair of the agricultural engineering department at each university and successfully shepherded the transition of all of these programs to include biological engineering. He has also been instrumental in advancing the development of technical systems management programs at both Ohio State and Illinois.

Ting's international influence is seen in his leadership efforts in helping to connect U.S. institutions and colleagues with their counterparts in Europe, Taiwan, Japan, India, Israel, China, Brazil, and Africa. He has hosted international visiting scholars and served on eight external review teams, chairing three, to evaluate academic and research programs at the college and departmental levels in the U.S., Japan, Taiwan, and China.

Since his hiring as department head of ABE at Illinois in 2004, the ABE undergraduate program has been ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top three programs in the country seven times (including four consecutive years as the top program). The ABE graduate program is currently ranked #1 for the second consecutive year.

As part of his current work at Illinois, Ting leads a team to develop and provide engineering solutions for biomass feedstock production within the Energy Biosciences Institute, a 10-year, $500 million initiative funded by BP.

Ting has received many awards and honors for his work, including Cook College, Rutgers University, Alpha Zeta Professor of the Year; Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, Guest Chair Professor; and various Best Paper honors and Certificates of Appreciation. Ting is a past recipient of ASABE's Kishida International Award and was named a Fellow in ASABE as well as the American Society of Mechanical Engineering. His other professional memberships include the American Society of Engineering Education, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and seven honorary societies.