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Larry Wells, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor Emeritus


(859) 218-4356
219 C.E. Barnhart Building



Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1975.

M.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky, 1971.

B.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky, 1969 (with honors).

Soil-machine interaction and burley tobacco mechanization are my two principal areas of interest. I conduct research to develop an economical method of assessing soil compaction. Soil penetration resistance data is costly to acquire, thus we are attempting to develop a means by which producers could measure soil resistance during field operations such as planting. A prototype mechanical harvesting system for burley tobacco has been fabricated. We are designing a high-capacity mechanical system for processing cured burley tobacco.

Research Interest:

Machine Systems Automation Engineering