TE’s Bruce Bishop: Always ready to innovate
TE’s competitive edge is our engineering innovation: We solve problems and get the right product to our customers, before they know they need it.

We acquired RangeStar Wireless, Inc. in 2001 to improve our antenna business.  Rangestar had some good intellectual property, a handful of employees (including RangeStar Vice President Bruce Bishop), and only a few customers. Due in large part to Bruce's engineering expertise and customer relationship building; and with TE's infrastructure, resources, and the addition of research labs in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and China; we built our antenna business. Today, we ship vast quantities of antennas around the world and the antenna engineering group worldwide is 70 strong. Bruce has had a long career in antennas; he started building them at age 10 for his ham radio set and was asked to join Hewlett Packard right out of high school. We and our customers consider him the antenna “go-to” guy. Company-wide, out of about 90,000 employees, there are only 14 Fellows. We're honored to profile Bruce as the Engineering Fellow for the part of our company that serves customers developing all kinds of devices for the consumer market. It’s a great match-up, designed for delivering extraordinary customer experience.

1

Tell me about your beginnings with TE to your presence today across Asia.

While much of TE’s antenna design work and initial computer simulation are done in the U.S., we needed to be where customers are, and they are increasingly in Asia. Since we also need to confer regularly with our customers to anticipate their needs and make adjustments, being onsite is incredibly important. 

2

How has being an engineer affected the way you approach your life?

I know the way I got into engineering does not happen anymore, but when I look at resumes for engineers who want to come work for TE, I look for hands-on experience and a genuine thirst for innovation. I mean—we are making antennas as small as a grain of rice these days! Amazing. 

3

Tell me more about solving problems with engineering innovation.

I cannot get into too many specifics, but we have produced some great results with ink-printed antennas, and being so close to Silicon Valley, we have a wealth of opportunity to collaborate on developing antenna for things such as wearables devices and textiles. 

4

What are the steps you take to design projects for future performance?

Frankly, we are really trying to put ourselves—we engineers—out of business. We want to create a development process that requires little intervention from engineers. Ultimately, we would like the customer’s need to translate into a computer-optimized design, which would go to a 3D printer, an ink printer, then straight to the customer. We want to be there in ten years. 

5

Do you have a favorite TE product?

The TE MetaSpan antenna technology. It uses metamaterial technology, which gives us the flexibility to offer greater frequency bandwidth in one compact antenna assembly. That is a good example of one of the things TE really does right: leveraging engineering innovation. 

I look for hands-on experience and a
genuine thirst for
innovation.
Bruce Bishop,
TE Fellow
cd-innovation

500M

Antennas shipped in 2014

1/14

Bruce is one of 14 TE Fellows.

20+

MetaSpan antenna technology patents held

We have come a long way.
We have come a long way.

MetaSpan is a trademark.