Wise completed four co-op rotations with the Dana Corp, one round at their test facility in NW Ohio and three rounds at a manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, MI. His final two co-op assignments were with General Electric.
Wise’s first job after college was working for Bosch Engineering Group as a supplier, doing calibration work for GM on ABS systems (safety systems such as Anti-lock Brakes). Throughout his 3 years with Bosch, he spent much of his time doing calibration work for the Chevy Corvette.
He says, “Over that time period, I learned a lot about the business of developing production cars and decided what I really wanted to do was chassis development for the manufacturer. Instead of producing someone else’s vision of how a car performs, it would provide me a larger input on how a customer experiences a vehicle.”
When a development position opened up within GM, Wise took quick advantage of the opportunity and launched into his current role. He’s garnered many achievements throughout his 6-year tenure with GM, but none, he says, quite matches the thrill of running the fastest Camaro at Nürburgring.
Wise closes, “Not just the fast lap itself, but the fact that I attained a personal goal I had set for myself more than 10 years ago. Ironically, I had no intention of becoming a racer when I was young. But when I first sat in a racecar at age 18, I instantly became addicted to it. I’ve since dedicated myself to learning and achieving the highest level of capability that I have now. I may be more proud that I worked hard to earn my current position and that I set my sights on the Nürburgring opportunity and saw it through to realization. That could make it the proudest singular achievement of my life.”
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