Manager External Relations - Deputy Director John Deere, Germany
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Pickel is employed at John Deere GmbH & Co. KG (JD) which belongs to the John Deere group, the largest European and worldwide manufacturer of agricultural equipment and a leading producer of forestry and construction machinery. As the Deputy Director of the JD European Technology Innovation Center (JD ETIC, Kaiserslautern, Germany), Prof. Dr. Pickel manages research and advanced technology. Within John Deere Peter Pickel and his team lead all publicly funded R&D activities in EU zone and external technology relationships.
Peter Pickel studied mechanical engineering with a focus on production technology at the Technical University of Berlin and holds a PhD from the same university. His PhD thesis focused on agricultural machinery. In 2000 (till 2010) he became a full tenured professor for agricultural engineering, communal machinery and environmental technologies at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Saxony Anhalt, Germany) where he also was the dean of the Agricultural Faculty from 2003 to 2006. Peter Pickel is the Chair of the MANUFUTURE Sub-ETP Agricultural Engineering & Technologies and since 2015 he is the chairman of the VDI Max-Eyth-Gesellschaft for Agricultural Engineering (German society of engineers, department Agricultural Engineering). Since 2009 he is a full member of the Club of Bologna (CoB). Herein he has been being a member of management committee since 2016.
The focus of his research and development activities is on integrated sustainability concepts including sustainable energy production and energy supply concepts for rural areas and including the development of electrification concepts for mobile off-road machinery. Further Prof. Pickel is working in the field of automation and communication technology for agricultural equipment.