John Deere engineer awarded by AEM and SAE

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Amy Jones, a senior engineer in the Construction and Forestry division of John Deere, has won the SAE International/AEM Outstanding Young Engineer Award.

As a test engineer, Jones received recognition for leading the first team to successfully implement the complete embedded software development process on a construction product line. Her work led to the smooth launch of the Excavators Outside the Americas product line produced in China.

Jones received the award at the SAE 2017 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress held in Rosemont, Ill.

“We are pleased to support SAE and recognize the next generation as we promote industry workforce development and excellence,” said Mike Pankonin, AEM’s senior director of technical and safety services. “We commend Amy for her work and dedication and wish her continued success.”

The award was created in 1996 by the AEM (Association of Equipment Manufacturers) and SAE International to recognize an outstanding young engineer in the off-highway or power plant industry.

The award is administered under the guidance of the SAE Engineering Meetings Board in cooperation with AEM.

Jones began her career as a project engineer at Sachs Electric Company in St. Louis, where she was responsible for the execution of large scale industrial and commercial construction projects. In 2010, she joined John Deere as a software verification and validation engineer in the Construction and Forestry Division, where she had previously completed three internships as an undergraduate.

In 2014, Jones accepted her current position as senior systems engineer. In this role, she supervises and leads a global team to define, develop, and implement electrical systems that meet the needs of a diverse customer base.

Jones earned an MS in electrical engineering from Purdue University. She also graduated with highest honours with a BS in electrical engineering and minors in business, mathematics, and psychology of leadership from Missouri University of Science and Technology. She is currently pursuing a System Design and Management Certificate from MIT.

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