Member: AgIndustry Leadership Council
Managing Director (Ret.)
Center for Technology
The Toro Company
Dana Lonn joined The Toro Company in 1974 and has been a valuable resource in Product Engineering, Computer Aided Engineering, and Manager of Advanced Engineering. In his current role as Managing Director of the Center for Advanced Turf Technology, Lonn is responsible for leading a corporate research and development group working on what the next generation of product is or to look how to apply leading technologies to our markets.
The Center for Advanced Turf Technology (CATT) team was established in 1998 to develop innovative solutions to customer problems, and environmentally friendly technologies for customers in the professional turf markets including golf, sports fields, grounds and landscape maintenance. The group’s mission is to work with customers, academic leaders, and industry experts to develop solutions that could emerge as breakthrough products. CATT has been influential in the following areas: water management, alternative fuels, and labor productivity. Lonn has worked on a wide variety of Toro commercial, residential, and irrigation products. He holds 10 U.S. patents.
Lonn attended the U of M – Twin Cities Campus where he earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, graduating with High Distinction. He continued his Post Grad at the U of M as an Institute of Technology Corporate Fellow earning a Master of Science in mechanical engineering, graduating with High Distinction. Lonn is active in his profession and the industry. He is a Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and Member of the Golf Course Superintendents of America.