K.C. Ting is Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been leading research teams to develop and implement the Automation-Culture-Environment oriented Systems (ACESys) analysis methodology and Concurrent Science, Engineering, and Technology (ConSEnT) decision support computational platform. The methodology and platform have been applied to develop and deliver 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 energy efficiency, environmental impact, and economic feasibility. He has published over 290 articles, papers, monographs, presentations, and reports and delivered over 125 invited presentations in 17 countries. He is currently co-chairing the Program Committee for the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Global Food Security Conference to be held in October 2016 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He was a member of Innovation, Education, and Workforce Development Committee of FARM Illinois organized by the Chicago Community Trust and Illinois Farm Bureau during 2014-2015. He was an Editor-in-Chief for Computer and Electronics in Agriculture during 2007-2010. His awards and recognitions include: Illinois Land Improvement Contractors of America Shiny Shovel Award, January 2013; ASABE James R. and Karen A. Gilley Academic Leadership Award, August 2011; ASABE Kishida International Award, July 2008; Fellow of ASME elected in July 2002; and Fellow of ASABE inducted in July 2001.