Thomas Rohde, Engineer, Heat Shrink Tubing
My technical direction was determined by the first chemistry lesson I ever had. I simply was and still am fascinated by chemistry.

Thomas Rohde joined TE's materials development team in Ottobrunn, Germany in 2001, as a materials development engineer. Before joining TE, Thomas received his German "Dipl.lng" degree in Chemical-Engineering in 1999. Upon completing his degree he began working as a sales engineer for resins, gel-coats and glass fibers. He quickly grew his engineering and managment skills, and is now manager for TE's R&D Materials team.

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What are some of the current materials advancements that TE is focused on?

The materials R&D team traditionally spends a lot of resources for the development and improvement of environmentally friendly formulations that meet international EH&S regulations (i.e. REACH/RoHS), but also satisfies the demand of our customers for "green", but high quality products. The demand and awareness has grown and TE is taking on the challenge.

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What do you enjoy most about your work?

I enjoy my role as a materials expert as it requires technical diversity and a lot of collaboration with many other departments within our business unit, starting with the development engineers, compound manufacturing, operations, quality, product managers, up to the sales engineers.

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What are your areas of expertise?

The R&D materials team is a group of experts in material development, analysis and measurement. Special areas of interest are polymeric heat-shrink materials, silicones, rubbers, mastics and hot melt adhesives.

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What influenced your decision to become an engineer?

I'm generally interested in natural science, but my technical direction was determined by the first chemistry lesson I ever had. I simply was and still am fascinated by chemistry as it helps to understand why things are as they are or help answering questions like "what is it?". However, I always was looking for the practical side and decided that being an engineer would do that.