Jason Schuster Zwingle, Iowa / 22 Agricultural Engineering BS, 2015 Iowa State University ASABE Student Member For nine months, on a cooperative experience with John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa, I served as a manufacturing engineering intern in 9R tractor final assembly, overseeing a variety of projects including the relocation of a robotic cab weld operation, the design and installation of a kitting system to support material flow to the assembly line, and layouts of factory material racks. I also served as a manufacturing support engineer during 7R/8R new product builds and other line optimization projects. Factory layouts use AutoCAD Architecture, so I taught myself how to use the software to better succeed at my internship. My experiences brought me back for a second internship with John Deere, where I served as a product engineering intern and specifically worked with the 9R product line. I performed tests to ensure customer satisfaction, analyzed CAN bus data using various software, traveled to a test site to inspect customer products, and served as 9R tractor support during new product introduction. I am now pursuing an MS, with research in advanced machinery engineering, specifically harvesting machine optimization. I aim to gain a better understanding of global machine systems and methods of optimization and efficiency. After graduate study, I hope to return to John Deere for a career in the agricultural equipment industry. The biggest challenge today is to grow, feed, and produce more while using less. Ag and bio engineers are some of the best qualified to take it on. It is up to my generation to feed a world population predicted to reach nine billion by 2050.
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