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John Deere Engineer Receives SAE Electronics Engineering Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Nov. 27, 2006 - Dennis McDonaldDennis McDonald, a staff engineer at John Deere, has been selected to receive SAE International's Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award.  He will be presented the award at the SAE 2007 World Congress in Detroit, April 16-19.

This award, established in 1976, annually recognizes an individual for distinguished accomplishment in automotive electronics engineering, or the author of the best paper related to the field. 

McDonald works in the drivetrain electronics division of John Deere, where he is focusing on applying electric drive technology to agricultural equipment.  Previously, he worked as a research and development engineer in the area of advanced powertrain controls for Visteon Corporation and Detroit Diesel Corporation.  He has published two SAE papers and holds three patents, with a fourth one pending.  He has been recognized by  Western  Michigan  University for his accomplishments in electrical engineering and by the Engineering Society of Detroit and  Kellogg  Community College  as an outstanding student in physics and electronics. 

McDonald earned his bachelor's degree from  Western  Michigan  University and his master's degree from the  University of  Michigan, Dearborn, Mich.