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May 19-21, 2016
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Thursday, May 19, 2016
6:30 PM

Kent D. Wanner
Sr. Staff Power Electronics Design Engineer

Kent is a Sr. Staff Power Electronics Design Engineer at JDES. After receiving his BSEE in 1996 from North Dakota State University, he joined the Electronic Design Department of Phoenix International (now JDES). He spent the next decade designing robust controllers, displays, sensors, and telematics systems for ruggedized vehicle applications. Since 2007, he has been applying that experience to vehicle electrification projects and has numerous patents and industry publications related to power electronics and electric motor drive systems.

John Deere: Developing Talent and Technology to Solve the World's Most Important Challenges
Some of the greatest challenges facing the world today include feeding, clothing, housing, and building infrastructure for a growing population. These challenges require innovative solutions and technical advancements in many areas, and John Deere is in a unique position to help meet these global challenges. John Deere has numerous initiatives to develop the talent required, including the John Deere Inspire STEM program and other employee development programs and resources. It is also investing heavily in the development of new, game-changing technologies such as vehicle electrification to improve the productivity and bottom line of our customers, those linked to the land.