Site Director and Advanced Sensing Lead
John Deere Technology Innovation Center
Mark has two roles at John Deere: lead for Advanced Sensing in Deere’s Emerging Technology group, and Site Director of the John Deere Technology Innovation Center (JDTIC) in the University of Illinois Research Park.
In Mark’s 20-plus years at John Deere, he has had a wide range of roles in IT Operations, Enterprise Architecture, Advanced Marketing, Advanced Manufacturing and Advanced Engineering. In all of those roles, he has been focused on how Information & Communication Technology can both transform and disrupt enterprises like John Deere. Before joining Deere, Mark spent a few years as a civil engineer focused on airport construction.
Mark is a member of the External Advisory Council for the University of Illinois Ag & Bio Engineering Department, the Advisory Council for the University of Illinois Professional Science Masters Program, and the Chancellor’s Economic Development Advisory Group (where he co-chairs the Ag sub-committee). He also represents Deere on the NSF IoT4Ag Engineering Research Center.
Mark holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois (1993), an MBA from the University of Iowa (2003), and an SM in System Design & Management from MIT (2011). He is currently pursuing his PhD in Informatics at the University of Illinois.