Thomas Chi Tsai Ting, born on February 9, 1933 in Taipei, Taiwan, China, received a B. S. in Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University in 1956, and a Ph. D. in Applied Mathematics, Brown University in 1962. His doctoral thesis deals with plastic deformations of a cantilever beam with strain rate sensitivity.
Dr. Ting served as Research Associate (1962-63), Assistant Professor (1963-65), Brown University; Assistant Professor (1965-66), Associate Professor (1966-70), Professor (1970-01), University of Illinois at Chicago; Associate Member of the Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois; Visiting Fellow, Stanford University (1967-68); Visiting Lecturer, Summer Science Seminar, National Taiwan University, (1969); Visiting Professor, Stanford University (1972-73); Acting Department Head, Fall Quarter, (1977 and December 1, 1998-August 31, 1999); Visiting Fellow, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England (Spring 1987). He retired in 2001 as Professor Emeritus of Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Chicago.
A prolific writer, Dr. Ting published five books and 190 papers in refereed journals as of August 31, 2001. His latest book is Anisotropic Elasticity: Theory and Applications, (Oxford University Press, 1996). He has also served as Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Mechanics , (1975-82), Chairman of Editorial Committee, 15th Midwestern Mechanics Conference (1977), Advisor, Acta Mechanica Sinica (China, 1990- ), Guest Editor, A special issue of International Journal of Solids and Structure in honor of Professor John Dundurs (1995), member of Editorial Board, Journal of Elasticity (1996- ), and International Associate Editor, The Chinese Journal of Mechanics, (1999- ), Advisor, Acta Mechanica (Austria, 2000- ).
Dr Ting's professional membership includes ASME Applied Mechanics Program Committee (1976-77), Program Committee, Society of Engineering Science (1980, 1982), Committee of Wave Propagation, ASME Applied Mechanics Division (1982- ), Committee on Composite Materials, ASME Applied Mechanics Division (1984- ), International Scientific Committee on Symposium on Elastic Waves and Related Topics, Dublin, Ireland (Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 1991), International Scientific Committee, IUTAM Symposium on Nonlinear Waves, Victoria, B.C., Canada (Aug. 15-20, 1993), International Organizing/Steering Committee, the 5th International Symposium on Plasticity and Its Applications, Sakai, Japan (July 17-21, 1995), International Advisory Board, International Conference on Damage and Failure of Interfaces, Vienna, Austria (Sept. 22-24, 1997), Governing Board Member, Midwestern Mechanics Conference (1996- ), Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (1985- ), Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1995- ), Honorary Member, Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Republic of China (1984- ), Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi., and Phi Tau Phi. In addition, he was an organizer of many workshops and symposia and keynote speaker at conferences, including the 2nd International Conference on Hyperbolic Problems, Aachen, Germany (March 14-18, 1988), the 15th National Conference on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Republic of China (Dec. 10-12, 1991), and NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Surface Waves in Anisotropic and Laminated Bodies and Defects Detection, Moscow, Russia (Feb. 7-9, 2002). He also received awards from Tongi University (Shanghai), University of Science and Technology of China (Hefei, Anhui), and Harbin Institute of Technology (Harbin).
He is married to Romana T. K. Li.
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