Matt McAlonis
Customers are requiring reliable and often high bandwidth solutions which are small, lightweight, and offer materials compatibility.

With a degree in mechanical engineering, Matt has more than 18 years of experience in communications, computer and consumer electronics, as well as the aerospace and defense industries. With over 25 patents in connector-related technology, and Black Belt certification in Lean Design for Six Sigma, Matt is a key member of the TE team. 

1

What is your current position?

I am a Senior Development Engineering Manager for TEs Global Aerospace, Defense and Marine division.  

When customers in our industry discover that they don't have products for their applications, they meet with me to develop these products.  Basically the support with them is on the front end of their designs to help them understand the TE product capabilities, and if the product that would fit their need doesn't exist, my team designs that for them. 

2

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The movie Gravity, where the characters are out on a spacewalk to remove a card from a defunct satellite, is actually very similar to what we do.  The electronics we're working with are electronics that can't fail because if they do, the service to it is very high risk.

Working in this industry, you see a great diversity in technology, applications, and challenging technical problems that you can be part of a solution for. That is a very rewarding experience.

Some of our products keep people safe. We work on devices and systems that keep passengers safe in a commercial airplane, protect our troops, help them to communicate with one another or disable threats; this is all an opportunity that you can be a part of that.  When you get close to customers, you get to see how you're making the world better in a technical way.

3

What are your areas of expertise?

If you're developing a device and there's a new connector, it's important for that technology to be mature and capable.  Through our testing, through system design, we can establish technology for successful deployment in the industry.  

Some of the technologies that I have experience with are press-fit technology, which solves the issue of poor solderability and enables re-workability.  I am an expert in high speed rugged connectors and PCB interconnects, compliant pin technology, and VME/VPX system solutions. I work in power connectors, signal connectors and even within that, high-speed signals, adjacent space products like the next level of assembly for a circuit board.  It's diverse work because the of the wide range of technologies and systems we work in. 

4

What are your industry affiliations and organizations?

I am a member a VITA working group establishing a new standard for space flight interconnection, with a specific connector we have designed.  It's fun to be a part of that because it's a big step forward in rugged embedded computing.  I am also a member of the Association of the United States Army.

5

Where would you most like to visit?

I've been a lot of places and experienced a lot of cultures, but there is a certain mystique and wealth of human history that I'd like to experience in the Holy Land.  

Where we live we're not very in touch with history and what got us where we are, but we've all heard the stories of Jerusalem and other places there where a lot of important things happened 2,000 years ago. That area is the cradle of humankind, so it would be very impactful just to think that you've walked on the same roads that have been there for milennia.