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K. C. Ting, Ph.D.

K.C. Ting joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as Professor and Head of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department on November 1, 2004.


  • Professor
  • Head, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


K.C. Ting graduated from the National Taiwan University with a B.S. degree, the University of Kentucky with an M.S., and the University of Illinois with his Ph.D. All three degrees are in agricultural engineering.  He was on the faculty of the University of Houston during 1980-85, Rutgers University, New Jersey during 1985-2000, and The Ohio State University during 2000-2004. He joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as Professor and Head of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department on November 1, 2004.

He teaches and conducts research on automation, systems analysis, alternative energy, thermal control, and computerized simulation, optimization and decision support for bio-production and bio-processing systems including phytomation, phytoremediation, advanced life support, and bioenergy. Recent projects include concurrent science, engineering and technology (ConSEnT), systems informatics and analysis of advanced life support systems for human long duration space exploration, robotics for plant and food production, phytoremediation engineering design, and biomass feedstock production engineering. He served as the leader of the Systems Studies & Modeling Team within the New Jersey NASA Specialized Center Of Research and Training (NJ-NSCORT) during 1996-2000. NJ-NSCORT was a five-year, five-million dollar program. He served as the editor of the Information and Electrical Technologies Division of Transactions of the ASAE (American Society of Agricultural Engineers; currently ASABE with B being Biological) and Journal of Applied Engineering in Agriculture during 1996-2000. He is currently a member of editorial boards for two journals and one encyclopedia published in Japan, Korea, and U.S. He was appointed the Honorary Theme Editor, UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, for the theme “Systems Analysis and Modeling in Food and Agriculture” in February 2004. He is one of the creators of the concepts of “Phytomation (i.e. plant based engineering systems)” and “Automation-Culture-Environment oriented Systems analysis (ACESys).” He currently leads a BP Energy Biosciences Institute program on “Engineering Solutions for Biomass Feedstock Production.”

Relevant Publications:

Lin, T., Xu, J., Shen, X., Jiang, H., Zhong, R., Wu, S., … Ting, K. C. (2019). A spatiotemporal assessment of field residues of rice, maize, and wheat at provincial and county levels in China. GCB Bioenergy.

Ramin Shamshiri, R., Kalantari, F., C. Ting, K., R. Thorp, K., … A. Hameed, I. (2018). Advances in greenhouse automation and controlled environment agriculture: A transition to plant factories and urban agriculture. International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 11(1), 1–22. 

Ting, K. C., Lin, T., & Davidson, P. C. (2016). Integrated Urban Controlled Environment Agriculture Systems. In LED Lighting for Urban Agriculture (pp. 19–36). Springer Singapore. 

Wolfe, M. L., Ting, K. C., Scott, N., Sharpley, A., Jones, J. W., & Verma, L. (2016). Engineering solutions for food-energy-water systems: it is more than engineering. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 6(1), 172–182. 

Lin, T., Rodríguez, L. F., Davis, S., Khanna, M., Shastri, Y., Grift, T., … Ting, K. C. (2015). Biomass feedstock preprocessing and long-distance transportation logistics. GCB Bioenergy, 8(1), 160–170. 

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