Mike Tate

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Mike is a graduate of Oklahoma State University holding both a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Bioenvironmental Engineering. After graduation, he went to work for KDHE in the Technical Services Section of the Bureau of Water. Mike has worked in the department’s water quality program for much of his 26-year KDHE career.

With Jim Current, he worked with operator training and 104g programs as well as helping the section with computer technical assistance since PC’s were new to the department at that time. Mike had begun using PC’s while still in college and saw their value the department. With the help of Teresa Schuyler, Mike computerize the operator certification program creating a local PC-based database management system that was later migrated to the KDHE’s central servers and made available to the public for on-line use. Mike formerly taught computer courses at Washburn University.

Mike has worked in the water quality field for most of his KDHE career. He transferred within the agency to the Bureau of Waste Management where he worked for a three years before returning to what he enjoys most – the water quality field.

In the early 1990's he accepted a position as a unit chief in the Technical Services Section, then quickly rose to the position of Chief of the Technical Services Section. His leadership in this position as well as his computer skills in resolving water quality issues quickly became apparent. Upon the retirement of Karl Mueldener, the Bureau Director, Mike was appointed to be the new Bureau Director.

Mike is a member of the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA), the Water Environmental Federation (WEF), and the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Mike is recognized nationally for his knowledge and leadership in water quality circles and he is a licensed professional engineer in Kansas.

He leads the department in efficient discharge of routine duties and is also a leader in state and in the Midwest in water quality issues and nutrient reduction issues. His character and abilities are unquestioned. He will be a great addition to the roll of Jim Current Professional Excellence Award recipients.