Professor – Biological Systems Engineering
Director – Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems
Telephone: (509) 786-9360
Dr. Qin Zhang is the Director of CPAAS, a Professor of the Biological Systems Engineering Department, and a Fellow of ASABE. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991, his M.S. degree from the University of Idaho in 1987, and his B.S. degree in from Zhejiang Agricultural University in China in 1982. Prior to his arrival at WSU, Dr. Zhang was a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and before joining the faculty at UIUC in 1997, he worked in Caterpillar Inc. as a Senior Research Engineer. Dr. Zhang has focused his teaching and research activities on agricultural mechanization, agriculture automation, and intelligent agricultural machinery. Based on his research outcomes, he has written two textbooks, edited two technical books and three conference proceedings, published over 130 peer reviewed journal articles, presented over 260 papers at conferences, and has awarded ten U.S. patents. He is currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, and the Chair for Section III (Plant Production Equipment) of CIGR.