2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Dave Denison, 39

Director, DeltaV Product Marketing; Emerson Process Management; Round Rock, Texas; BS Computer Engineering, Iowa State University; MBA, St. Edward’s University


Dave DenisonDave Denison, 39
Director, DeltaV Product Marketing; Emerson Process Management; Round Rock, Texas
BS Computer Engineering, Iowa State University; MBA, St. Edward’s University

Over the past 16 years at Emerson Process Management, Denison has shown a proven ability to collaborate cross-functionally to create a compelling product and technology vision based on customer needs and new innovations. Through his career, Denison has contributed to the DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) as a software engineer, software development manager, and director of software applications and is currently a DeltaV product marketing director. He has a strong passion for product development and enjoys leading teams to define, design, and deliver new functionality and improvements for the product. Starting as a software engineer, Denison wrote real-time software responsible for running control logic and interfacing to multiple I/O technologies within the DeltaV controller. Later on, as a development manager, Denison led the effort to design and certify the DeltaV SIS with Electronic Marshalling product. As part of this effort he authored the product’s functional safety management plan and coordinated the product’s audits. Denison is a recognized innovative technical thinker and has been awarded seven patents associated with DeltaV. Recently, Denison planned and directed multiple programs within the product areas of operations environment, engineering clients and servers, virtualization, and remote monitoring. Denison’s move into product marketing has increased his responsibilities and ownership of the complete DeltaV product lifecycle. During his free time, Denison plays softball, basketball, and golf, in addition to coaching his daughter’s youth basketball team. He also volunteers at his children’s school as a member of the Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) program.

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