Karl Kitts
We are creating lightweight, highly reliable power distribution/control solutions for demanding MIL-AERO and harsh environmental applications.

Karl holds a BS degree in Engineering from Ohio University; an MBA degree from Auburn University and has more than 25 years’ experience in the engineering world. Karl is an SAE aerospace committee chairman, and was a former director of the National Association of Relay Manufacturers (NARM). Karl's experience before joining the TE team included positions with Eaton Aerospace and Hartman Electrical Manufacturing.

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What is your current position?

I am the Director of Development Engineering for High Performance Relays for TE's Global Aerospace, Defense and Marine division.

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What do you most enjoy about the work you do?

It is very satisfying to see a novel thought or inspiration come to fruition through product design and then be valued by our customers and industry. In ADM we have the added harsh environmental size/weight challenges that makes success all the more rewarding for our engineers.  

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What are your areas of Expertise?

I am an expert in high current MIL/AERO power distribution, electrical relays and power contactors, electronics circuit protection, remote control circuit breakers, HVDC relays, sensors and time delays, and solid state devices. 

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What are your industry affiliations and organizations?

I am a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

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What was the last book you read?

For business, The Wide Lens by Ron Adner. Ron was a guest speaker at the last TE TECH CON in Baltimore. The book provides a good insight on innovation including study of environmental factors, competitive landscape and formulating a winning product strategy.

For fun I enjoy reading anything that Randy Wayne White puts to paper. His Doc Ford novels are always an excellent read. The main character is a marine biologist, ex CIA agent, and general crime solver. The novels are set on FL west coast around Sanibel Island. I enjoy the characters that White develops and having lived in Sarasota prior to joining TE a can relate to the scenery, sport fishing and the never ending shady locals.