2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jason Donath

Project Manager; Avid Solutions; Winston-Salem, N.C.

09/15/2014


2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jason DonathJason Donath, 35
Project Manager
Avid Solutions
Winston-Salem, N.C.

Education: BS Electrical Engineering, Florida State University

In his 8 years at Avid Solutions, Jason Donath has worked tirelessly to educate himself, becoming an internal subject matter expert in batch and continuous distributed control systems (DCS), while enlightening others simultaneously. Jason is proficient in batch automation implementation per the ISA-S88 batch control standard; control panel design per NEC and UL specifications; process control and optimization; PID loop tuning; DCS, HMI, and PLC programming and configuration; batch manager configuration; and checkout/start-up/commissioning. On specific DeltaV projects, Jason has various responsibilities, including module programming, I/O configuration, sequence control programming, graphic display configuration, and custom scripting and faceplates.

Outside of work, Jason has developed, promoted, raised funding for, and is currently teaching a LEGO Physics class for homeschooled children. Having two homeschooled children himself, Jason is passionate about their mentorship and education. In addition, Jason takes his health very seriously, is driven to push his limits outside of his profession, and is an active CrossFit participant.

Why choose this career path?
Being in the system integration field gives Jason the opportunity to feed his desire for learning and continuous improvement. Jason constantly seeks out ways to expand his base of knowledge as well as depth in specific areas, such as distributed control systems and related technologies.

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