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— updated 2017-12-14


Curtis J. Kruse, M.S.

Research associate in Chinese herbology and computer science at the Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute.


Curtis is currently Research Associate at the Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute (RMHI); he has co-authored many of the components of HerbalThink-TCM, interactive-learning software that is a key part of the curriculum at RMHI. Curt graduated from RMHI's program in Traditional Chinese Herbal Sciences, after a career in geophysics developing expert systems software. He received the M.S. in geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines, 1988, and worked for an international oil company in the area of computer modeling of non-linear physical processes. Many of his skills have yielded important insights into the area of medical diagnostics and TCM herbology.

Curt's hobbies include studying Chinese language, local plant identification, organic gardening, and geometric algebra.

photo: Curtis Kruse


Brief C.V.

  • Research Associate at Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute, 1992-present. Projects: Development of computer applications including an expert system for Traditional Chinese Medicine using Java, C++, and object oriented C; mathematical models for describing Traditional Chinese Medicine, including fuzzy logic, and numerical optimization; Mathematical theory, program design, coding and debugging.
  • Graduate of Traditional Chinese Herbal Sciences program, Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute, 2002.
  • M.S. in Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines, 1988.
  • B.S. in Geophysical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1986. Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics) Honor Society member; 1986 Engineering Day Award for Geophysics.
  • Geophysicist at Amoco Production Company, 1989-1992. Projects: Development of computer applications for imaging analysis of seismic data on Cray 2 and Sun workstations using C, Fortran and Unix; Mathematical methods for pattern recognition applied to seismic imaging analysis; Scientific applications programming including program design, mathematical theory, coding, code optimization, debugging, user support, product promotion.


Wicke, R.W. and Kruse, C.J.; HerbalThink-TCM: Self-Study Reference, TCM Herbal Tutor, and TCM Pulse Simulator (text and instructional software). Hot Springs, Montana: Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute; ©1992-2011.

Kruse, C.J. and [[[]]] "A dynamic programming approach to first arrival travel time computation in media with arbitrarily distributed velocities." Geophysics, vol. 57 (1992), p.39-50.

Kruse, C.J. "A New Method of Nonlinear Signal Correlation Using the Instantaneous Spectrum." Society of Exploration Geophysicists 58th Annual International Meeting (winner of student paper competition).