Speaker: Will Cross
Speaker’s Title: Electric Drive Systems Staff Engineer, John Deere
Seminar Topic: Electrification of agricultural machinery
Abstract of Talk:
Credible projections of world population growth estimate a peak of nine billion people in the year 2050 from the seven+ billion today. This larger population and increasing global affluence will drive a need for a doubling of global agricultural output over the same period. This increased output must come from an increase in agricultural productivity, and John Deere will play a key role in helping farmers worldwide provide for these human needs. Increased precision and productivity in farm machinery will come largely from electronics, sensors, field robotics, automation, electric drives, control systems, and other areas that require premier electrical and computer engineering talent.
Attend this presentation to see some of the interesting things John Deere does in the electrical and computer engineering field to engineer equipment that plays a part in feeding, clothing, and sheltering the world.
Biographical Sketch of the Speaker:
Will Cross received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Georgia Tech, in mechanical engineering and control systems. He joined John Deere to learn electrical engineering so that he could be a complete engineer designing and deploying electric drives on a variety of John Deere equipment.
Mr. Cross will present some of his work in deploying electric drive systems on Deere vehicles while giving an overview of the myriad contributions electrical and computer engineers make to the development of John Deere equipment.