Paul Loughnane, Chief Technology Officer, Appliances
Paul Loughnane, Chief Technology Officer, Appliances
Be curious, take risks, learn from mistakes, and keep moving forward.

Paul partners with customers to create value through meaningful innovation in product development for the home appliance market. An engineering executive with over 20 years of experience in creating growth within existing and new markets, Paul is inspired by the technological advancement fueling the rapid adoption of new solutions that enhance comfort, safety, security, and well-being in today's home. With a background in electrical engineering and consumer product development, he values working directly with customers and designing, delivering, and commercializing TE Connectivity (TE) solutions that create business value and truly improve people’s lives. Inspired by the people he leads, Paul is focused on continuous improvement, for himself and his team. He regularly challenges his team by creating opportunities for them to apply their strengths in new ways. This approach enables them to solve tough problems and build new skills. By leading them in drawing on each other for support and solutions, Paul has created a culture of teamwork and accountability that empowers people to innovate.

1

Which connectivity challenges are you working to solve?

For our major home-appliance customers, we help them identify opportunities for delivering class-leading products that must meet – and exceed – what are often conflicting requirements, especially when it comes to product safety, reliability, cost, and performance. Getting this right requires looking at how we approach the challenge. Our engineers and scientists are committed to helping customers push the boundaries of possibility and achieve better performance by developing new materials, design architectures, and manufacturing processes that help our customers optimize their market opportunities.

2

Which technology trends are you watching?

Right now, I am focused on wireless technology and artificial intelligence (AI). These are significant trends enabled by the emergence of new high-speed protocols as well as the processing power available to wireless end-points, the convergence of wireless standards, and the new wireless applications that are driving everything from smart cities and smart agriculture to personal health, security, and home automation. We expect these two megatrends to significantly influence design in the coming years. As the leading connectivity solution provider, we are well positioned to play a lead role in delivering technology in support of these megatrends.

 

I am a science fiction enthusiast, and whether we are talking about “2001 A Space Odyssey” or “Star Trek,” I am always thinking about the possibilities of artificial intelligence. Today, it’s a sobering reality that can bring not only amazing opportunities but also serious threats if the technology is not harnessed and managed well. From a TE perspective, I see opportunities for transforming how we deliver best-in-class products to our customers, both at the product level and the support services we provide. I also see that these megatrends can reshape many of our internal processes, helping us improve how we drive new levels of efficiency, quality, design, and production in making our products.

 

I am also watching 3D-printing technology. I believe this technology will significantly alter how we design and manufacture many products. Already we’re seeing companies realize designs using optimized structures that cannot be rendered using traditional design methodologies. We are seeing AI algorithms that are unbound by the limitations of human experience and which can devise new ways to solve difficult problems. As humans learn to harness this power, I believe that we’re going to see a wide range of highly engineered, customized new products emerge. As this happens, we will transform the end-user experience and set new bars for performance.

3

Which market forces could most impact the evolution of next-gen connectivity?

Growth in mobile devices has created a demand for wireless power to support a world without chargers and cords. For years, consumers and manufacturers have wanted a workable solution for better powering of portable devices. Wireless power transfer is a relatively mature technology, but due to its inherent efficiency limitations, it has not significantly penetrated the marketplace. There are some signs this is beginning to change, with new solutions appearing in the market enabled by ultra low-power microprocessors, wireless chips, and sensors that are combined with smart ‘energy harvesting’ technologies. I expect to see significant growth in this area as more new applications are created that benefit from these technology developments.

 

4

What would you like to pass on to early-career engineers?

I have been fortunate: Throughout my career, I have had opportunities to work in different roles – such as a design engineer in both R&D and operations environments as well as leadership positions with responsibility for global teams. This experience helped me understand concepts of both volume production and product development. It also enabled me to develop insights around delivering world class products to a demanding marketplace while enabling product innovation to ensure we are driving performance and competitiveness.

 

For tomorrow’s engineering leadership, I recommend that they look for projects that challenge all their assumptions and encourage them to think to the future. We need to embrace change, independently of our past experiences. The new digital-first world is giving rise to new capabilities and opportunities that the field hasn’t fully yet comprehended. Today, early-career engineers need to reimagine everything, with the same kind of curiosity that children have when exploring their environment. It comes down to quickly making sense of our new environment and thinking creatively to solve for it. In summary: Be curious, take risks, learn from mistakes, and keep moving forward.

5

What influenced your decision to become an engineer?

Since childhood, I’ve always been fascinated with discovering how things work. I enjoy seeing if I can make things better, and then make them better still. I look to create what is new. I am interested in many engineering disciplines at various times. I chose a career in electrical engineering because I enjoy the rapid pace of development and the potential to have a positive impact on people’s lives through positive change.

 

Paul Loughnane, Chief Technology Officer, Appliances
Paul Loughnane, Chief Technology Officer, Appliances
Be curious, take risks, learn from mistakes, and keep moving forward.

Paul partners with customers to create value through meaningful innovation in product development for the home appliance market. An engineering executive with over 20 years of experience in creating growth within existing and new markets, Paul is inspired by the technological advancement fueling the rapid adoption of new solutions that enhance comfort, safety, security, and well-being in today's home. With a background in electrical engineering and consumer product development, he values working directly with customers and designing, delivering, and commercializing TE Connectivity (TE) solutions that create business value and truly improve people’s lives. Inspired by the people he leads, Paul is focused on continuous improvement, for himself and his team. He regularly challenges his team by creating opportunities for them to apply their strengths in new ways. This approach enables them to solve tough problems and build new skills. By leading them in drawing on each other for support and solutions, Paul has created a culture of teamwork and accountability that empowers people to innovate.

1

Which connectivity challenges are you working to solve?

For our major home-appliance customers, we help them identify opportunities for delivering class-leading products that must meet – and exceed – what are often conflicting requirements, especially when it comes to product safety, reliability, cost, and performance. Getting this right requires looking at how we approach the challenge. Our engineers and scientists are committed to helping customers push the boundaries of possibility and achieve better performance by developing new materials, design architectures, and manufacturing processes that help our customers optimize their market opportunities.

2

Which technology trends are you watching?

Right now, I am focused on wireless technology and artificial intelligence (AI). These are significant trends enabled by the emergence of new high-speed protocols as well as the processing power available to wireless end-points, the convergence of wireless standards, and the new wireless applications that are driving everything from smart cities and smart agriculture to personal health, security, and home automation. We expect these two megatrends to significantly influence design in the coming years. As the leading connectivity solution provider, we are well positioned to play a lead role in delivering technology in support of these megatrends.

 

I am a science fiction enthusiast, and whether we are talking about “2001 A Space Odyssey” or “Star Trek,” I am always thinking about the possibilities of artificial intelligence. Today, it’s a sobering reality that can bring not only amazing opportunities but also serious threats if the technology is not harnessed and managed well. From a TE perspective, I see opportunities for transforming how we deliver best-in-class products to our customers, both at the product level and the support services we provide. I also see that these megatrends can reshape many of our internal processes, helping us improve how we drive new levels of efficiency, quality, design, and production in making our products.

 

I am also watching 3D-printing technology. I believe this technology will significantly alter how we design and manufacture many products. Already we’re seeing companies realize designs using optimized structures that cannot be rendered using traditional design methodologies. We are seeing AI algorithms that are unbound by the limitations of human experience and which can devise new ways to solve difficult problems. As humans learn to harness this power, I believe that we’re going to see a wide range of highly engineered, customized new products emerge. As this happens, we will transform the end-user experience and set new bars for performance.

3

Which market forces could most impact the evolution of next-gen connectivity?

Growth in mobile devices has created a demand for wireless power to support a world without chargers and cords. For years, consumers and manufacturers have wanted a workable solution for better powering of portable devices. Wireless power transfer is a relatively mature technology, but due to its inherent efficiency limitations, it has not significantly penetrated the marketplace. There are some signs this is beginning to change, with new solutions appearing in the market enabled by ultra low-power microprocessors, wireless chips, and sensors that are combined with smart ‘energy harvesting’ technologies. I expect to see significant growth in this area as more new applications are created that benefit from these technology developments.

 

4

What would you like to pass on to early-career engineers?

I have been fortunate: Throughout my career, I have had opportunities to work in different roles – such as a design engineer in both R&D and operations environments as well as leadership positions with responsibility for global teams. This experience helped me understand concepts of both volume production and product development. It also enabled me to develop insights around delivering world class products to a demanding marketplace while enabling product innovation to ensure we are driving performance and competitiveness.

 

For tomorrow’s engineering leadership, I recommend that they look for projects that challenge all their assumptions and encourage them to think to the future. We need to embrace change, independently of our past experiences. The new digital-first world is giving rise to new capabilities and opportunities that the field hasn’t fully yet comprehended. Today, early-career engineers need to reimagine everything, with the same kind of curiosity that children have when exploring their environment. It comes down to quickly making sense of our new environment and thinking creatively to solve for it. In summary: Be curious, take risks, learn from mistakes, and keep moving forward.

5

What influenced your decision to become an engineer?

Since childhood, I’ve always been fascinated with discovering how things work. I enjoy seeing if I can make things better, and then make them better still. I look to create what is new. I am interested in many engineering disciplines at various times. I chose a career in electrical engineering because I enjoy the rapid pace of development and the potential to have a positive impact on people’s lives through positive change.