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Commander Donald Kaplan was the chief engineer of the USS Intrepid in 2370.

He attended Starfleet Academy with Geordi La Forge; since that time, the two engineers had a friendly rivalry, regularly engaging in contests to see whose vessel had more efficient power conversion systems. When the Intrepid achieved a higher power conversion level than was achieved on the USS Enterprise-D, he sent a message to La Forge that, in part, read "Maybe you should try cleaning your plasma grid once in a while." (TNG: "Force of Nature")

This character was only mentioned in dialogue.
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