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John Ting
John Ting, Sc.D., P.E. Senior Adviser to the Provost; Professor, Emeritus Dean of Engineering


Geotechnical Engineering; computational mechanics; predictive analytics

Research Interest

Predictive analytics for higher education

Educational Background

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


John Ting has served continuously in senior administration @ UMass Lowell since 1999 as Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (1999-03), Dean of Engineering (2003-12), Vice-Provost for Enrollment (2012-16) and currently as Senior Advisor to the Provost.  He is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and was previously a tenured associate professor at the University of Toronto and postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer at California Institute of Technology.

As Vice Provost for Enrollment, he oversaw the Offices of the Registrar and Institutional Research and worked closely with Admissions and Financial Aid Offices on data analytics, strategic enrollment management and student success initiatives during a period of tremendous growth in enrollments, student success and improvement in the national stature of the university.   

As Dean of Engineering, Ting worked on recruiting and student success in engineering, science and technical fields.  He was awarded the 2006 UMass President’s Public Service Award for his work incorporating Service-Learning into engineering as a means to improve student learning and civic engagement,  

As a faculty member, Ting has been involved in teaching, research and software development in civil engineering since the late 1970’s, working specifically in the area of geotechnical engineering, geotechnical centrifuge modeling, frozen soil behavior, computer modeling of particulate materials, soil-structure interaction and integral abutment bridge design.   He is widely published and has helped obtain and directly participated in over $1.7 million in externally funded research in geotechnical engineering and $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. 

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.