I like to find teammates who know how to overcome barriers, and expect to face some challenges.
In the days of his youth, before the Internet or Wikipedia, Mike Tryson’s curious mind led him from the inner workings of his parent’s digital alarm clock to the “really cool black magic” of the integrated circuit. His competitive nature, a strong chemistry background from high school, and a willingness to work hard helped him succeed in his chosen field of electrical engineering. While Mike loves the analytical, it is customer engagement that motivates him to “pressure-test” assumptions and get to the root of what his customers need. A skilled collaborator, he prefers face-to-face interaction and stays fit by walking to meet with other engineers and subject matter experts in person. “I believe the most effective communication happens within 40 feet.”
You started off with an affinity for engineering, but what about communication and collaboration skills?
Interaction is a learned skill for me and for many engineers, but it is critical for staying up to date with customer expectations, emerging technologies, and shifting requirements. Being able to effectively communicate ideas and concepts turns good ideas into great ones. Being able to benefit from other collegues’ know-how and ingenuity in today’s product development environment is a winner’s skill.
Can you tell me more about how you stay current in the fast-moving world of active optics?
Customer interaction – either onsite or via teleconference, networking with other engineers and experts in the active optics field, and reading. I also am a big proponent of asking the follow-up questions to test assumptions and find out why someone said X or Y. That helps our team deliver what the customer needs and what the market will support.
Why is being cool so important for data centers?
It’s all about energy consumption and cost savings. One of the greatest costs for data centers is dealing with the heat generated by the power required to run the system. Therefore, the cooler we can make data transfer, the better for the end customer and the lower the data center operating expenses.
What TE core value is particular significant to you?
Teamwork. Winning in the business world is a team sport; no one succeeds or fails alone at TE and fabulous customer engagement opens doors for high-power solutions.
What about TE gives you confidence when you talk with customers?
Knowing we may have the right solution, or can do our best to design it. Once I know the problem the customer is trying to solve, I have all of TE’s product lines and experts to draw from.
What do you see for the next generation of engineers at TE?
I think design teams will work with fewer boundaries and be even more global. Being global makes work and life balance more challenging, but technology can ease that burden. With cost barriers eroding on accessing data, who says we can’t have 10Gbps data transfer rates at home and create virtual workspace with our ultra-high definition TVs? A scenario like that would increase a worker’s productivity AND use fewer resources.
Fabulous customer engagement opens doors for high-power solutions.
- Mike Tryson,
- Product Engineer, Data and Devices