Dr. Yang Zhao joined our department as an assistant professor on August 1st, 2020. He holds a joint research and teaching appointment. He will teach Poultry Management (ANSC 484) and give guest lectures in Introduction to Animal Handling and Management (ANSC 250).
Dr. Zhao received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from China Agricultural University, and PhD degree from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Before joining The University of Tennessee, he was an assistant professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University for three and half years. Dr. Zhao serves as the chair and member in several academic and award committees of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and is an associate editor of the Transactions of the ASABE. His research focuses on smart poultry farming, poultry environment, poultry robotics, poultry welfare and behavior, and airborne transmission of pathogens. His work has been published in over 120 scientific articles and guaranteed $3M research grants and contracts. Dr. Zhao is the awardee of ASABE Sunkist Young Designer Award, AOC Early Career Award, and Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award. Other recognitions of his work include ASABE Superior Paper Awards, Poultry Science Highly Cited Paper of the Year, Poultry Science Article of Editor’s Choice, and ASABE Outstanding Reviewer.