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Off-Road Vehicle Electrification at John Deere

Event Date: September 6, 2017
Speaker: Kent Wanner
Speaker Affiliation: Sr. Staff Power Electronics
Design Engineer, John Deere Electronic Solutions
Sponsor: ECE Power and Energy Systems Research Area
Time: 3:30pm
Location: WALC Room 2087
Priority: No
School or Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Abstract: Market acceptance of new technology in ruggedized, off-highway vehicles depends on demonstrating quality, reliability, and a strong value proposition to perspective buyers. With relatively-low fuel prices and mature competing technologies, fuel economy improvements often cannot serve as the sole value proposition for electrification. This presentation discusses several electrification applications, illustrating various value propositions presented by combining electrification and creative thinking to solve customer challenges.

Speaker: Kent Wanner is a Sr. Staff Power Electronics Design Engineer at John Deere Electronic Solutions (JDES) in Fargo, ND. He has been designing robust controllers, displays, sensors, telematics, and power electronics systems for ruggedized vehicle applications for over 20 years. In his current role he provides hands-on vehicle electrification technical leadership for a wide variety of John Deere and non-competing OEM ruggedized vehicle platforms.