Jinglu Tan is jointly-appointed and has administrative responsibilities in both the College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (CAFNR) and the College of Engineering. Since the two colleges have different administrative structures, he wears a different administrative “hat” and has a somewhat different scope of responsibilities in each college.
In CAFNR, he is the Director for the Division of Food Systems & Bioengineering. CAFNR divides its 16 departments into six administrative Divisions, of which Food Systems & Bioengineering is one. The other five Divisions are: Animal Sciences, Biochemistry, Natural Resources, Plant Sciences and Applied Social Sciences. Each division has a director who reports to the vice chancellor and dean of the college.
The Division of Food Systems & Bioengineering includes multiple academic departments and programs. There are four academic programs and an extension program in the Division:
- Ag Systems Management
- Food Science
- Hospitality Management
- Natural Resource Engineering Extension
Each of the programs is led by a department chair or leader, and Tan is also the chair for the Bioengineering Department. Academically, the bioengineering program is administered by the College of Engineering, and the other three programs are in the College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources. The extension programs residing in the Division cover an array of outreach activities ranging from water quality, precision agriculture, rural safety and health, waste management, value-added processing, to food safety. More details can be found on the Division website.
In the College of Engineering, Tan is chairman of the Bioengineering Department. The other six departments in the college are: Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science & Information Technology, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.
In addition, Tan is Director of the Bioprocessing & Biosensing Center (BBC), which is one of the four clusters of the prominent University of Missouri Food for the 21st Century (F21C) program. The F21C program is funded by the state government. BBC consists of many researchers from different divisions across the campus.