Jay Olson
Global Manager, Materials Engineering & Technology

Jay Olson is Global Manager, Materials Engineering & Technology at the John Deere Technology Innovation Center in Moline, Illinois.  Mr. Olson has 36 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.  Mr. Olson is currently Brand Owners Council Chair and a member of the executive board of directors of the Plastics Industry Association, the 3rd largest mfg. industry in North America.  He has also served as Chairman of the Product Design & Development Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers.  Formal education includes B.S.M.E from University of Illinois and Executive MBA from University of Iowa. He holds over 20 U.S. patents, is a licensed Professional Engineer and a member of ASABE, the Society of Plastics Engineers and SAE.  Mr. Olson was named the 2010 Quad City Engineering & Science Council Senior Engineer of the Year and the 2011 Quad City Agricultural & Biological Engineers Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award.  Community service includes board member for Market70 Agricultural Missions, QC Prayer Breakfast, Moline Soccer Club Board, and Dare-to-be-Different Marriage Mentoring and volunteer to JOY EMCC Prison Ministries.  He is a resident of LeClaire, Iowa, home of the American Pickers, and farmed with his father near Woodhull, Illinois.