Associate Professor of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, The Ohio State University, and Extension Specialist of The State of Ohio.
Dr. Ling’s research program is in the area of plant sensing and automation for controlled environment plant production, and environmental control for sustainable greenhouse production. His research team has developed sensing techniques for early detection of drought stress, a robotic tomato harvester, a robotic GFP expression quantification system, a robotic sensor delivery system, and a greenhouse humidity management decision support system.
As the Ohio’s State Specialist in greenhouse engineering area, Dr. Ling’s programming efforts include 1) coordinate annual Greenhouse Management Workshop with different themes from year to year, 2) filed visit commercial greenhouses, 3) information dissemination through conference/workshop presentations, trade journal/newsletter articles, and personal communication.
A key promoter of greenhouse engineering/technology education, Dr. Ling has developed horticultural engineering technology curriculum, OSU/Agricultural Technical Institute (Co-PI Robert McMahon). Taught graduate level Professional Development, Seminar, and undergraduate Capstone Design courses. Guest lectured horticultural science, and horticultural technology courses.