John Deere contributes to upcoming ITEC Conference

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Three employees of John Deere will make big contributions to the upcoming IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Exposition (ITEC) sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The June 19-21 conference in suburban Detroit exists in two distinct parts: Members of academia along with members of the vehicle electrification industry come together to showcase their research and development as contributions to society. Secondly, ITEC gives engineers, faculty, and graduate students the annual chance to gather, network, and learn information from their peers that will help them in their respective missions.

The Why and the Who

John Deere Electronics (JDE) has a long-standing relationship with ITEC and continues that relationship through service and attendance. Because of this, it continues to contribute to the ongoing improvement of this conference, while sharing with the world what electrification and thought leadership means to JDE.

JDE Technical Manager in Software Design, Dr. Long Wu, currently sits as the Panel discussions chair as well as Off-Highway Industry Liaison on the Organization Committee. He worked to successfully plan ITEC and ensure there is a wide array of expert speakers and companies represented to provide a broad perspective on vehicle electrification. Additionally, Dr. Brij Singh, one of JDE's Sr. Staff Engineers, will be attending the conference to facilitate discussions on groundbreaking Wide Bandgap Technology Trends, Manufacturing, and Commercialization. Wide Bandgap is a new type of power semiconductor material that exists in power electronics. These semiconductors have the power to greatly improve the world of electrification. Singh will moderate a Town Hall on this topic at the conference on June 19. Furthermore, he will share John Deere's perspective on this topic. Lastly, he will hold another panel that will discuss the technology specifically as applied to Automotive Applications.

Brian Bratvold of John Deere Power Systems will also attend ITEC to speak on Off-Road/Heavy Duty Electrification. Bratvold stated, "I will be part of a panel discussion on electrification challenges and opportunities among off-road/heavy duty industry sectors. I plan on highlighting gaps and synergies between electrification technologies and applications, and give a short presentation on Diesel Engine Electrification and Integration Opportunities. Although the energy and power demands of off-road machines will constrain the adoption of full electric, there are many opportunities to enhance both efficiency and productivity through the integration of traditional combustion engines and advanced electric machines and controls."

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Conference Details:
ITEC Dates:
June 19-21, 2019

Town Hall Panel: Wide Bandgap Technology Trends, Manufacturing Innovations, and Commercialization
Organized and Led by: Dr. Brij Singh
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
2 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Industry Panel: Technology Gaps and Synergies in the Off-road/Heavy Duty Electrification
John Deere represented by Brian Bratvold
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
4:20 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.

Industry Panel: WBG Devices in Automotive Applications
Organized and Led by Dr. Brij Singh
Thursday, June 20, 2019
2 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.