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The high-tech stars of John Deere's Intelligent Solutions Group

John Deere has 75,000 employees worldwide. Just 30 of them have been named John Deere Fellows of Excellence, and five of those 30 are in Fargo at the Intelligent Solutions Group.

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John Deere has 75,000 employees worldwide. Just 30 of them have been named John Deere Fellows of Excellence, and five of those 30 are in Fargo at the Intelligent Solutions Group.

The award honors some of the employees making the biggest impact for the future. While reporting on our Future of Food series, Mikkel Pates caught up with them.

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Five John Deere engineers in Fargo, North Dakota, have been named elite “Fellows” by the company, honoring their contributions.

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IN OUR OWN BACKYARD. JOHN DEERE'S "INTELLIGENT SOLUTIONS GROUP" IN FARGO INNOVATES ELECTRONICS FOR FARMING. AND THE FARGO GROUP BOASTS FIVE HIGH-TECH STARS. MIKKEL PATES INTRODUCES YOU TO THE FELLOWS OF EXCELLENCE.

JOHN DEERE HAS SEVENTY-FIVE THOUSAND EMPLOYEES WORLDWIDE. JUST THIRTY OF THEM HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE DISTINCTION OF JOHN DEERE "FELLOWS" OF EXCELLENCE... AND FIVE OF THOSE ARE IN FARGO. DEERE INSTITUTED THE PROGRAM IN 2015. IT HONORS SOME OF THE EMPLOYEES MAKINGTHE BIGGEST IMPACT FOR THE FUTURE.

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Kent Wanner: I CARE A LOT ABOUT WHAT I DO.

ELECTRIFICATION ENGINEER KENT WANNER -- THE ONLY NON-PHD AMONG FARGO'S HONOREES -- SAYS THE AWARD SIGNIFIES ACCOMPLISHMENT, AS WELL AS DEDICATION AND SERVICE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE COMPANY. HE SAYS IT'S HUMBLING TO BE SO HONORED.

Kent Wanner: THE IDEA OF, YOU DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE TO LEARN EVERYTHING IN SCHOOL, AND YOU CAN BE RECOGNIZED FOR HARD WORK AND CARING EVERY DAY AND KEEPING LEARNING.

NOEL ANDERSON IS KNOWN AS ONE OF DEERE'S MOST PROLIFIC INVENTORS. HE HOLDS 154 U.S. PATENTS, WITH ANOTHER 70 MORE PENDING, AND EVEN MORE INTERNATIONALLY. MANY DEAL WITH AG AUTOMATION AND AUTONOMY. HE PRIDES HIMSELF ON PROMOTING AN INVENTIVE CULTURE AT DEERE.

Noel Anderson: I WORK WITH OUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COMMITTEES THAT EVALUATE INVENTIONS FOR THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT THEM, AND THEN I DO A LOT OF INVENTING AND MENTORING OF INVENTORS.

BRIJ SINGH WAS EDUCATED IN HIS HOME COUNTRY OF INDIA, WHERE HIS FAMILY HAS FARM RECORDS DATING TO THE 1300S. SINGH WORKED ELSEWHERE IN CANADA AND THE U.S. BEFORE COMING TO FARGO.. HE'S HONORED AS A POWER ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING FELLOW, FOR HIS WORK ON MAKING ENGINES MORE EFFICIENT.

Brij Singh: HIGH VOLTAGE POWER, ELECTRONIC DESIGN, TESTING, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, PUTTING THIS ON THE SYSTEM.

IT'S WILL COOPER'S JOB TO MAKE SURE DEERE PRODUCTS ARE RELIABLE, DURABLE, AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY. HE SAYS IT'S NICE TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE COMPANY.

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Will Cooper: IT WAS JUST A LITTLE BIT FLATTERING BECAUSE I HAD NO IDEA THAT PEOPLE THOUGHT WHAT WE WERE DOING WAS EVEN WORTH... IT'S NOT VERY GLAMOROUS, RIGHT? SO IT WAS INTERESTING TO ME THAT PEOPLE RECOGNIZED THAT WE HAD MADE THOSE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THESE THINGS.

LONG WU CAME TO THE U.S. FROM CHINA FOR HIS GRADUATE STUDIES IN ENGINEERING. WU MANAGES DEERE'S ELECTRIFICATION CONTROLS AND SOFTWARE MODULE IN FARGO. HE AND HIS TEAM MAKE SURE PROSPECTIVE PRODUCTS ARE SOUND, EVEN BEFORE A PHYSICAL PROTOTYPE IS BUILT. WU WAS THE FIRST JOHN DEERE "FELLOW" NAMED IN FARGO IN 2018.

Long Wu: TO ME, THIS IS A HUGE RECOGNITION OF MY CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMPANY.

DEERE'S CEO GIVES OUT ONLY A FEW OF THESE AWARDS ANNUALLY.

IN FARGO, THIS IS MIKKEL PATES FOR AGWEEK.

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