Egbert Stellinga, Product Manager
I am an innovator, practiced at working across cultures, and maintain a never-ending drive for efficiency and improved utilization.

Now the product manager for TE’s input/output connections for consumer mobile devices, Egbert Stellinga started his career with TE as an engineer. He designed a new series of invertible modular jacks, a product line that embraced the platforming concept still widely used today. To assist an ill colleague, he worked in the factory in the molding department for six months, and later ran the modular jack assembly team.
Egbert’s experiences mesh very well with his current role as product manager. He says, “When I am working with someone, I try to put myself in their place so I may understand them better. For example, because I have worked in a TE factory, I know what the factory is measured on and what they have to do each day.” This working knowledge and earned empathy helps Egbert be a better product manager and deliver extraordinary customer experiences for his customers.

1

You have accomplished a lot in 20 years. What do you like best about what you are doing now?

PMs are sometimes described as “the glue that holds the group together.” Effectively, a PM owns a portfolio of products. We must keep the portfolio appealing to our customer in all aspects—from value, to introducing new products, increasing the life cycle of existing products, logistics, and quality. I enjoy working with operations, engineering, and sales to reach all aspects of the project for customers. 

2

What has significantly affected how your ideas have evolved over time?

Two things: The challenge of a short life cycle in mobiles (knowing we must be completely ready at the very beginning of a new product rollout to meet production requirements), and the enormous demands from the consumer devices industry, which requires a super-efficient organization with just the right amount of resources and equipment to serve the market most effectively. 

3

Which criteria do you use to benchmark success and gauge progress?

Project wins. With the velocity of this market and the short life cycle of consumer devices, we must refresh our portfolio every year to remain competitive. And of course, being with the customer early in the design process to help solve their new and complex connectivity challenges is the most rewarding for the customer, TE, and for me. 

4

How do you stay current with emerging technologies and shifting requirements?

Our best source for staying current is our conversation with the customer. We also learn about emerging user issues and frustrations from the Internet—from sites like ifixit.com, with videos that help people fix devices to combat the throw-away culture we live in today. And like most engineers, we learn a lot by measuring and analyzing devices, and continually learning how all types of new things work.

5

What present trends have the potential to influence engineering over time?

Today, more than ever, mobile devices have become a fashion statement and are replaced every 18 months or so. OEMs demand efficiency and competitive products and have changed mobile device telecommunications requirements. Those changes affect the role of the connector in their development process; moreover, they have changed the way we approach the design of our connectors in order to serve the market better.

We connect with key customers and coordinate our roadmaps to help us anticipate changes and be ready to meet market demand.
Egbert Stellinga,
Product Manager
Roadmap for Success

Waterproof Micro USB 2.0 Connector (English)

TE Connectivity's IP68 waterproof micro USB 2.0 connector provides stronger protection for today’s smaller and thinner mobile devices against the ingression of water and solid objects such as dust.