Qingwu (William) Meng

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant

Qingwu (William) Meng

M.S. in Horticulture

1066 Bogue St, Room A224-B
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517) 862-7541

Area of Expertise: Horticultural lighting, indoor vertical farming, light-emitting diodes

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My academic and career goals revolve around one simple message: transforming horticulture with light. Food, horticulture, and technology are the three key words in my profession.

As an engineer by training, I strive to integrate plant science and engineering in agricultural lighting applications. I am pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Horticulture at Michigan State University under Dr. Erik Runkle‘s supervision and expect to graduate by December, 2018. Previously, I earned my Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts at China Agricultural University as well as Master of Science in Horticulture at Michigan State University.

I hope to work in the industry and bring about more innovations with my knowledge in photobiology, horticultural science, and lighting. My current research in CELL aims at improving the quality attributes of indoor-grown leafy greens and herbs through dynamic and precise lighting schedules. Prior to this, using light-emitting didoes (LEDs) to regulate flowering of greenhouse ornamentals was my specialty. Never have I limited my scope of horticultural lighting because light is such a powerful tool in growth and development of all plants. I am receptive and excited to expand my repertoire in future endeavors.

Science communication is just as important as science itself. Aside from publishing scientific and industry articles and authoring book chapters, I am the creator of LightHort, a blog dedicated to communicating the latest scientific findings on light in horticulture. The goal is to inform the general public of lighting applications that can transform the future of agriculture. Keep up with updates on the websiteFacebook page, and Twitter.

Please contact me should you have any inquiries. Opportunities and discussions are all welcome.

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EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Horticulture, Michigan State University, Dec. 2018 (expected)

Ph.D. in Multidisciplinary Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, May 2015 (transferred)

M.S. in Horticulture, Michigan State University, June 2014

B.E. in Agricultural Engineering and B.A. in English, China Agricultural University, June 2012

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES

Ph.D. Research Assistant, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, 2015–present

Ph.D. Research Assistant, Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2014–2015

M.S. Research Assistant, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, 2012–2014

Undergraduate Researcher, Department of Agricultural Structure, Environment, and Energy Engineering, China Agricultural University, 2009–2012

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HONORS AND AWARDS

3rd place in the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Controlled Environment Working Group (CEWG) graduate student oral competition. Atlanta, GA. 2016.

2nd place graduate student poster competition in the ISHS 8th International Symposium on Light in Horticulture. East Lansing, MI. 2016.

1st place applied oral competition in the 14th Annual Michigan State University Plant Science Graduate Student Research Symposium. East Lansing, MI. 2016.

1st place applied poster competition in the 14th Annual Michigan State University Plant Science Graduate Student Research Symposium. East Lansing, MI. 2016.

The Graduate Office Fellowship from Michigan State University Graduate School. East Lansing, MI. 2015.

1st place (tie) in the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Controlled Environment Working Group (CEWG) graduate student oral competition. New Orleans, LA. 2015.

1st place in the graduate student poster competition, Committee on Controlled Environment Technology & Use (NCERA-101) regional working group annual meeting. Fairbanks, AK. 2014.

1st place applied oral competition in the 12th Annual Michigan State University Plant Science Graduate Student Research Symposium. East Lansing, MI. 2014.

3rd place applied poster competition in the 12th Annual Michigan State University Plant Science Graduate Student Research Symposium. East Lansing, MI. 2014.

The John L. Arend Excellence in Graduate Student Research Award. East Lansing, MI. 2014.

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JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2017. Moderate-intensity blue radiation can regulate flowering, but not extension growth, of several photoperiodic ornamental crops. Environ. Exp. Bot. 134C:12–20.

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2015. The role of blue light in night-interruption lighting of petunia. Acta Hort. 1107:101–105.

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2015. Low-intensity blue light in night-interruption lighting does not influence flowering of herbaceous ornamentals. Sci. Hort. 186:230–238.

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2014. Controlling flowering of photoperiodic ornamental crops with light-emitting diode lamps: A coordinated grower trial. HortTechnology 24:702–711.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2016. Control of flowering using night-interruption and day-extension LED lighting, p. 191–201. In: T. Kozai et al. (eds.). LED Lighting for Urban Agriculture. Springer Singapore, Singapore.

Mitchell, C.A., M.P. Dzakovich, C. Gomez, R. Lopez, J.F. Burr, R. Hernández, C. Kubota, C.J. Currey, Q. Meng, E.S. Runkle, C.M. Bourget, R.C. Morrow, and A.J. Both. 2015. Light-emitting diodes in horticulture, p. 1–88. In: J. Janick (ed.). Horticultural Reviews vol. 43. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ.

THESES

Meng, Q. 2014. Investigating use of blue, red, and far-red light from light-emitting diodes to regulate flowering of photoperiodic ornamental crops. MS thesis, Dept. of Hort., Mich. State Univ., East Lansing, MI. ISBN 9781321026658.

Meng, Q. 2012. Light quality affects growth and development of cucumber seedlings in an enclosed transplant factory. BE thesis. Dept. of Agr. Structure Environ. Energy Eng., China Agr. Univ., Beijing, China.

EXTENSION ARTICLES

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2017. Far red is the new red. Inside Grower 2:26–30.

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2016. Choosing the right LEDs to regulate flowering in greenhouses. Michigan State University Extension.

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2015. Can white LEDs control flowering? Greenhouse Management 10:63–64.

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2014. Evaluating different colors of LEDs to control flowering. Greenhouse Product News 12:14–19.

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2014. Control flowering with LEDs. GrowerTalks 3:62–64.

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