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LOWELL - The University of Massachusetts Lowell has announced the appointment of Groton resident John Ting, who has chaired the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for the past four years, as new dean of the College of Engineering.
Dr. Ting, who has more than two decades of experience in teaching, research and software development in geotechnical engineering, replaces Dean Krishna Vedula, who is stepping down to become a program director for the National Science Foundation. Dr. Vedula, a Westford resident who has been engineering dean since 1995, will work on NSF undergraduate education programs in math, science and engineering. He also is planning to return to the University regularly to oversee the Engineering in Mass Collaborative (EiMC) and UMass Lowell's DesignCamp, both of which he co-founded.
Dr. Ting said he is looking forward to his new role, as he hopes to build upon programs established by Vedula, with a focus on K-12 outreach and the development of new knowledge.
"I feel that we are faced with some incredible challenges - mainly fiscal ones brought on by the state budget crisis - as well as issues in ensuring a supply of well-trained, socially responsible engineers to meet the needs and demands of the regional and global economy," he said.
Dr. Ting received a bachelor's degree from McGill University, a master's from the California Institute of Technology and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - all in civil engineering. Prior to joining the UMass Lowell faculty in 1990, he was a post-doctoral research fellow and lecturer at Caltech and a professor at the University of Toronto.
He has been an active participant in the Raytheon/UMass K-16 Engineering Collaboration, coach of MathCounts middle school teams, a member of the Lowell Arena and Stadium Commission, and director of the Groton Chess Club.
Dr. Ting has lived in Groton for the past 13 years with his wife, Christine, a UMass Amherst graduate in nursing, and his two children, Sean, who will attend Stanford in the fall, and Caitlin, a freshman at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School.