John Ting

John Ting

John Ting, Academic Affairs, Civil Engineering

Senior Adviser to the Provost; Professor, Emeritus Dean of Engineering

Educational Background

B.Eng. Civil Engineering (McGill University), M.S. Civil Engineering (California Institute of Technology), Sc.D. Civil Engineering (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


John Ting is Senior Adviser to the Provost. He had been previously been Dean of Engineering (2003-12), Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering (1999-03) and Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UMass Lowell.  Before coming to Lowell in 1990, he was a tenured associate professor at the University of Toronto and postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer at the California Institute of Technology.

Ting has been involved in teaching, research and software development in civil & environmental engineering for several decades since the late 1970s and more recently in engineering education, recruiting and retention.  For his recent work on incorporating Service-Learning into engineering as a means to improve student learning while fostering meaningful community engagement, he was awarded the 2006 President’s Public Service Award from the University of Massachusetts system. Ting is widely published and has helped obtain and directly participated in over $1.7 million in externally funded research in geotechnical engineering and exceeding $1.1 million on incorporating Service-Learning in engineering education. He has taught more than 20 different undergraduate and graduate courses in civil engineering and computer programming at Caltech, University of Toronto and UMass Lowell. 

As Dean of Engineering, Ting worked on issues in recruiting and retention of students into engineering, science and technical fields. Ting has previously worked for a geotechnical consulting company in Montreal and is a registered professional engineer in California. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2008. In addition, he has coached MathCounts middle school teams for several Massachusetts school systems and in the mid-1990s helped direct and operate the Groton Chess Club, a chess club devoted to children.