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The primary focus of his research has been in the application of agricultural chemicals used in production agriculture. His expertise includes equipment selection, as well as operation and use with aerial, ground or air blast delivery methods. He has been involved in facility design for pesticide mix, load and storage, as well as fertilizer mix, load and handling.
Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from Oklahoma State University
M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Kansas State University
B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Kansas State University
Dennis Kuhlman has been part of the K-State faculty since 1977 and began his appointment as dean of K-State Salina in 1997. Since then, he has strengthened the connections between the Salina and Manhattan campuses and positioned K-State Salina as an aviation industry leader.
Before accepting the position of dean, Kuhlman worked as an extension agricultural engineer at K-State’s Manhattan campus. He served as president of the K-State Faculty Senate in 1994-95. He has more than 140 publications to his credit, including 19 peer-reviewed articles. He has won more than $4 million in grants and holds one patent.
Kuhlman is active in numerous professional, university and community organizations. He is a member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Educators, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and is a past member of the National Agricultural Aviation Association, having served on the research and technology committee, educational and publications committee, and as chair of the Allied Industries committee for many years. Kuhlman also is an honorary member of Sigma XI and Gamma Sigma Delta, among others. He has served as a member of the board of directors for the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce and was chair of the economic development committee.
Kuhlman has been recognized with several awards for his leadership and innovation in the areas of agricultural engineering and engineering education. He was named engineer of the year by the Smoky Valley chapter of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers for his leadership in engineering and aviation education during the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer project that took place on the K-State at Salina campus in early 2005. He has been presented the Outstanding Service Award from the National Agricultural Aviation Association in recognition of outstanding contributions in education, research and leadership for the association and the aerial application industry.