Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Faculty & Staff

Lei Tian

Associate Professor
Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building
360L AESB, MC-644
1304 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Ph: (217) 333-7534
Fax: (217) 244-0323
E-mail: lei-tian@illinois.edu

Research Focus

Sensors and information systems for precision agriculture, remote sensing

Research Areas

  • Sensors for precision farming
  • Outdoor machine vision systems
  • Chemical application systems

Courses Taught

  • TSM 465 – Chemical Applications Systems
  • TSM 499 LF1 – Precision Agriculture Technologies

Education

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, 2002-date, Agricultural Engineering Department, UIUC
  • Director, 2000-date, Illinois Laboratory for Agricultural Remote Sensing
  • Assistant Professor, 1995-2002, Agricultural Engineering Department, UIUC
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, 1995, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of California
  • Research Assistant (50%), 1990-1994, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of California
  • Research Associate, 1992-1993, Agricultural Engineering Department, CalPoly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Engineer (part time), 1991-1992, Moller International Inc., Davis, CA
  • Assistant Professor, 1985-1990, Mechanical Engineering Department, Jilin University of Technology
  • Design Engineer, 1985-1986, Beijing Tractor Works

Honors and Awards

  • Novel Academic Idea Award for Young Faculty, Jilin University of Technology, 1988
  • Recipient, Novel Academic Idea Award for Young Faculty, Jilin University of Technology, 1989
  • Nominee, CGS Award for most distinguished dissertation of the program, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of California at Davis, 1995
  • Nominee, University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award in Mathematics and Physics and Engineering, University of California for National Council of Graduate Schools, 1995
  • Nominee, Kinsella Memorial Prize, University of California at Davis, 1995
  • Outstanding Accomplishment, U of I College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Academy of Teaching Excellence, 1997
  • Superior Paper Award, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 1999-2000
  • Honorable Mention for the Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award, U of I College of Graduate Studies, 1999-2000
  • Faculty Fellow, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, U of I, 2000-2001

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