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John J. Demmer to Receive the 2005 Bill Agnew Award for Outstanding A World in Motion (AWIM) Volunteers

Warrendale, PA, Sept. 12, 2005 - John J. Demmer of John Deere has been selected as the 2005 recipient of the Bill Agnew Award for Outstanding AWIM Volunteers. The award is tentatively scheduled to be presented on November 10, 2005 at an SAE Section Meeting in Waterloo, Iowa.

This award, established in 2003, recognizes volunteers who further students' understanding and experience in math and science by helping teachers use the AWIM materials in the classroom. The nominee must be a volunteer that has assisted a teacher integrating the AWIM program and must have participated in classroom activities during the current academic year. The award honors Dr. William G. Agnew, retired from General Motors Research Laboratories, for his work in establishing and continued support of the AWIM program.

Demmer has worked with the AWIM program at St. Patrick School in Cedar Falls, Iowa for the past seven years. He coordinates the volunteers, teaches weekly in the classrooms, and has organized panels and served as the point of contact for the local media. Joanna Seymour, Technology Integration Specialist for
St. Patrick School, says of Demmer, "He is the driving force in planning classes, organizing volunteers and coordinating the culminating event. He helps make AWIM a real world experience for the students."

Demmer is currently lead engineer in John Deere Power Systems' 450 Series Engine Continuous Improvement Department. He is responsible for supervising an engineering team charged with early identification of reliability problems, root cause identification and resolution. In this role, he collaborates with manufacturing and quality engineering, numerous suppliers and customers. He has been with John Deere since 1979.

Demmer is a member of SAE and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa.