The Electric Motor Education and Research Foundation (EMERF), part of SMMA – The Motor & Motion Association, recently recognized Daniel B. Jones, Incremotion Associates Inc., with their Outstanding Contributions to the Electric Machines Industry award. John Calico, Senior Research Engineer, Moog Components Group, and EMERF President, presented the award at a dinner on Wednesday November 5, 2014, during the SMMA 2014 Fall Technical Conference in St. Louis.
The EMERF Outstanding Contributions to the Electric Machines Industry award was established to honor noteworthy individuals in the fields of electric machine education and research as well as the advancement of electric machine technologies through innovations and their application to industry. Initiated in 2010, the award includes recognition at the SMMA Fall Technical Conference and a $500 honorarium.
In his introductory remarks at the November 5, 2014 event, EMERF President John Calico referred to “recognition of an electric motor community member who has made significant life-long contributions to our industry.” He noted that Dan Jones began his motor career in 1958 while still a high school student, balancing AC rotors at the motor factory where Dan’s mother worked. A member of SMMA, then the Small Motor Manufacturers Association, since 1976, Dan has also participated on the Advisory Board of EMERF and as an instructor for the SMMA Motor & Motion College.
Dan’s educational background includes a BSEE from Hofstra University and an MS in mathematics from Adelphi University. In his acceptance, Dan recalled using a slide rule as a junior engineer in 1960 replaced with a hand calculator in 1972. Over the years he has worked on the design of printed circuit motors, military aircraft motors, scoop grinder and antenna motors (Viking to Mars), moving into management at IMC Magnetics in 1979. In 1982, Dan started Incremotion Associates Inc. to concentrate on motor design consulting for California companies. Since then he has branched into market research and technical writing.
Also an educator, Dan Jones has authored over 250 seminars, papers and technical articles on a wide range of motor and motion control topics in ten different countries. He is a life member of IEEE.