Jay Olson is Materials Engineering Manager at the John Deere Technology Innovation Center in Moline, Illinois. Jay has 39 years experience in positions including polymers technology manager, project engineer, senior engineer and design engineer in product design, manufacturing and materials engineering with agricultural, construction and consumer products.  Jay is currently the Plastics Industry Association’s Brand Owners Council chair and has served as president of the Product Design & Development Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers.  Formal education includes B.S.M.E from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Iowa. He holds over 20 U.S. patents, and he is a licensed professional engineer and a member of ASABE, the Society of Plastics Engineers and SAE.  Jay was named the 2010 Quad City Engineering & Science Council Senior Engineer of the Year and he received the 2011 Quad City Agricultural & Biological Engineers Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award.