PLYMOUTH, Mich., May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- John Deere has been named winner of the sixth annual SAE Foundation Gordon Millar Award. The award, which is funded by AVL, is given in special recognition of an individual or organization that best demonstrates continuous philanthropic support of the SAE Foundation Mission to encourage and increase student participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
"John Deere has created a powerful model for supporting STEM education," said Don Manvel, Chairman, AVL Americas. "The company specifically complements its investments in effective STEM programs that not only make them stronger, but also create a rich culture of mentoring and coaching essential for the growth of STEM. It is fitting to note that Dr. Millar himself had a long and distinguished career at John Deere, where he was Vice President of Engineering."
"To be recognized for our dedication to STEM at John Deere is incredibly humbling," said Pat Barnes, Program Director, John Deere Inspire, the Deere STEM program, who accepted the award. "The goal of John Deere Inspire and all of our employee volunteers is to significantly increase the number of high-quality students, including underrepresented talent, who enroll, graduate, and are successfully working in STEM-related professions. We are proud to share the commitment of the SAE Foundation to help the students of today become the innovators of the future."
About John Deere
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com. and www.JohnDeere.com/Inspire for information on its global STEM program.
About SAE Foundation
The SAE Foundation is the charitable arm of SAE International that strives to encourage and increase student participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math through many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.
Founded in 1948, AVL Worldwide is the world's largest independent company for development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric drive, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and large engines. AVL's North American Headquarters are located in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth, Michigan. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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