Nicolas Sauty is on a quest for answers to fundamental science problems in the world of tires.
As a polymer scientist in the innovative technology department at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Sauty’s work is never confined to a single area. He spends his day developing everything from new polymers to processes.
“Ten years ago, I was in Paris, France (Sauty’s hometown and country), and I never would have thought that 10 years later I would be living and working in the U.S.,” says Sauty.
Sauty entered the tire industry in 2014. It was a logical choice for someone with his expertise and education, now working to understand tire mechanisms on the molecular level that translate into performance.
“I find working in the tire industry particularly stimulating for various reasons,” says Sauty. “The science and the high level of engineering involved in tire development are extremely enticing. From a non-technical standpoint, I also appreciate contributing to a ubiquitous product that is impactful and helps make the roads safer. You really feel like you’ve accomplished something meaningful when you read customer testimonies explaining how your tires saved their lives.”
Success to Sauty means a continuous journey consisting of delivering beyond what is expected and being fueled by purpose, motivation and talent. To continue to exceed those expectations, Sauty says continuing to learn is essential.
“Solving technical challenges often requires competencies outside of one’s expertise, so continuously furthering one’s skillset provides invaluable agility, and is ultimately key to success,” says Sauty. “I have been learning skills far outside of my technical expertise, and this has proven to be critical multiple times in the success of my assignments.”
Fun Fact: Sauty is a self-taught pianist and has high hopes that he will one day be able to earn his pilot’s license, see the Northern Lights, and go paragliding.