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YEP Jonathan Wine making his mark through SAE activities

Posted: April 30, 2024

One opportunity can make all the difference to a burgeoning career.

For Jonathan Wine, that opportunity came in the form of research through his Eaton engineering co-op,  where he worked as lead author on a recently published SAE International technical paper addressing on-road vs. off-road low load cycle comparison.

The paper covers an effort to reduce emission levels, specifically NOx, and was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Wine presented the team’s learnings during a technical session at SAE’s flagship event, WCX, this April in Detroit, Michigan.

“We wanted to share our research, and the timing worked out perfectly for finishing this paper,” he said. “SAE is just such a well-known name that we thought, ‘What better name to publish with than SAE?’”

Wine is currently a graduate student at Western Michigan University, where he’s focusing on aerodynamics and propulsion in his thesis and graduate work. At Eaton, he’s working with SAE member Dr. Jim McCarthy on diesel engines and reducing emissions through exhaust management.

As a young emerging professional (YEP), Wine realized the benefits of SAE International involvement early in his career.

“I think the benefits of becoming a member of SAE are the influx of news that you get with the newsletters and magazines as well as the access that you have to all of the published papers,” he said. “I think it’s really beneficial to be able to attend the conferences as well and be able to learn so much from so many industry professionals.”

Interacting with industry professionals has got Wine thinking about the future of industry and the role he’d like to play in it.

“What excites me the most about the future of engineering is how much it can be used to improve people’s lives—how much we can use it to help the current crises and different situations happening around the world to just try to make the world a better place,” he said.

The way to that future is through collaboration. Wine advises current students to find ways to engage with others in the industry, whether that’s through mentorship or working through challenges with their peers. By doing that, he says, there’s no way to lose.


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