Remembering John Day, Industry Expert in Automotive Electronics and Vietnam War Veteran

Michael Rielly

August 11, 2016

We are deeply saddened by the passing of John Day, U.S. Army veteran and electronics industry expert, who passed away on July 31, 2016.

John’s contributions to the engineering community will be greatly missed. By combining his skills in journalism and his knowledge in electronics, John helped thousands of engineers worldwide by reporting on new technology and innovative solutions to design problems.

For more than 40 years, John Day worked as a freelance journalist focusing on product design and manufacturing technologies in the automotive and consumer electronics industries. He was a featured blogger for Mentor Graphics and a contributing author for industry publications such as: Electronic Design, Design News, Auto Electronics, and Purchasing Magazine. Earlier in his career, John covered Route 128 for Electronic News. He was also a senior editor at Electronic Engineering Times, responsible for news and feature coverage of the semiconductor industry.

John Day was the founder and editor in chief of John Day’s Automotive Electronics–Insight for Engineers, an online publication devoted to news and feature coverage of the automotive electronics industry.

John was also the author of Automotive E/E Reliability – Strategies for Keeping Pace in a Feature-Rich World, published by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

John received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Northeastern University in 1967 and a Master's degree in Journalism from Penn State in 1970. He earned APR accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America and was a founding member and past president of the Southeastern Software Association.

As an officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, John served his country honorably during the Vietnam War as well as in the United States.

We thank John for his years of service to our country and to the engineering community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.