In the series “meet a member,” we will be highlighting members of the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers. This week, meet Daniel Peterson, Retired Sr. Engineering Program Manager of The Toro Co., a MnSPE long-standing member, and representative to MFESTS.
As the Sr. Engineering Program Manager, Daniel had responsibilities for the design and development of various golf and commercial turf maintenance products.
He is also a long-standing member of MnSPE and has for many years served on the board as a representative of MnSPE to the Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science, and Technology Societies (MFESTS). MFESTS currently represents 17 societies and supports various engineering and science activities for K-12, college, and adult professionals, including STEM and STEAM, and an awards program for both young professionals and distinguished professionals. Daniel also served on the MnSPE K-12 Activities Committee.
Aside from these, he has been honored to serve on the board of MFESTS (past president), and was also honored to receive the MnSPE Engineer of the Year Award in 2015 and the MFESTS Charles W. Britzius Distinguished Engineer Award in 2016.
When asked what does having a Professional License means to him, he answered:
“Though a PE license wasn’t required for most of my engineering work in a manufacturing environment, it has been a credential that I’ve carried with pride because it represents a recognized level of competence in my chosen profession.”