Areas of Interest (Robotics, Software Architecture, Green Energy, Web 2.0, etc.):
Renewable Biofuels, Algae, Ag land use, Bioprocesses
A founder of the company and inventor on many KAS technologies, Dr. Kuehnle combines entrepreneurial talent with over two dozen years of experience in plant breeding and bioengineering at Cornell University and at the University of Hawaii. Numerous globally traded anthurium and orchid varieties were bred and commercialized under Dr. Kuehnle's 21-year tenure as a Professor in Tropical Plant Sciences at the University of Hawaii. She has served as Principal Investigator on numerous energy projects. Recently, Dr. Kuehnle was named the 2009 Inventor of the Year by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association, the 2008 Scientist of the Year at the University of Hawaii, and she was a finalist as 2008 Pacific Business News Business Woman of the Year, and she was a winner of the 2008 Hawaii Technology Industry award. Dr. Kuehnle has a BA degree from Middlebury College (1982) and a PhD degree from Cornell University in Plant Breeding. Kuehnle has authored six books and book chapters and more than 80 scientific and outreach papers. She is an inventor of 14 patents and applications..