Department of Agronomy’s new sUAS Technologist and Pilot
Richard Brown has been hired as sUAS Technologist and Pilot in the Department of Agronomy, working with Geoffrey Morris, assistant professor of crop genetics and genomics, and Jesse Poland, assistant professor of Plant Pathology, wheat genetics and germplasm improvement.
Prior to joining the Department of Agronomy, Brown had been the UAS Technologist and External Pilot at Kansas State University Polytechnic since 2010, responsible for building, operating, and maintaining K-State's fleet of unmanned aircraft.
Brown is a lifelong aviation enthusiast who started building and flying radio controlled planes as a teenager. He holds a Bachelor of Science in aviation management from Ohio University and an Associate of Applied Science in aviation maintenance from Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio. He is an FAA certified Private Pilot as well as a certified Airframe and Powerplant Technician.
Steve Watson, Agronomy eUpdate Editor