Russ Graves
Russ Graves
TE Connectivity is on the leading edge of the Interconnect Technologies and market applications that can transform the Global Commercial Aerospace Industry

With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Russ started work with Raychem Corporation in Manufacturing Operations Planning and Product Management. Raychem is known for Material Science solutions in aerospace applications. He has now logged over 15 years with TE Connectivity (TE) in a broad range of Electrical and Optical Interconnect aerospace applications.  He has an in depth understanding of the technical and commercial challenges for aerospace interconnections in aerospace, covering all areas of the aircraft (Avionics, Cabin Interiors, Engines, EWIS, IFE, Landing Gear, Power Generation and Transmission). He also has an extensive background in Copper, Aluminum, Fiber Optic and Wireless solutions.

1

What changes do you expect to see in your industry over the next 5 years?

Aerospace is a conservative industry so technologies progress slowly but but I'm excited to watch the progress in All Electrical, Hybrid Electric Aircraft technology, Flying Cars and Taxis, Autonomus Flight, Drones and Low Earth Orbit Statellite Networks in outer space.

2

What was the most exciting or rewarding project you have worked on?

TE has break through technologies (that did not existed before in the industry) that allowed the Boeing Deamliner and the Airbus A350 platforms get off the ground.

3

Do you have a favorite TE product? If so, why?

Heat Shrink Tubing - even after 30 years when you show it to someone that hasn't seen it before you still hear "WOW THAT'S AMAZING!"

4

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

Historically we have focued on size and weight optimization for fuel economies.

Increasingly, it been:

  • High speed and band width (Ethernet, Cat 5, Cat 6 – F/O and wireless)
  • Efficient Power Consumption and Distribution (as OEM’s implement more electrical aircraft)
  • Sensors everywhere to detect and predict
  • Reliability in very harsh environments
  • Leveraging technologies and capabilities from other industries
  • How can we help our customers make their products faster (improve their production work cycles)

5

How do you stay current on emerging trends, technologies and priorities?

I subscribe to aerospace magazines, attend industry standard body meetings, airshows, tradeshows and conferences. I also talk to a great many of our customers and competitors over the course of the year. Increasingly, I find a lot of information on the internet.

6

Who are your customers and what are their biggest challenges?

Airbus and Boeing are our biggest customers but we literally have thousands of customers in Commercail Aerospace applications around the globe. TE also has a vast product portofolio - so there is an on going challenge to communicate our products and capabilities to the market.

7

How did you first get into engineering?

With my first job at Raychem I was exposed to new and innovative technologies that combined Material Science and Radiation Cross Linking to produce wonderful product properties. 

8

What do you find most enjoyable/interesting in working for TE?

The entrepreneurial spirit to create new business and technology.

9

Where would you most like to visit?

I travel all over the world on business but I've always wanted to hike in the Himalayas.

Russ Graves
Russ Graves
TE Connectivity is on the leading edge of the Interconnect Technologies and market applications that can transform the Global Commercial Aerospace Industry

With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Russ started work with Raychem Corporation in Manufacturing Operations Planning and Product Management. Raychem is known for Material Science solutions in aerospace applications. He has now logged over 15 years with TE Connectivity (TE) in a broad range of Electrical and Optical Interconnect aerospace applications.  He has an in depth understanding of the technical and commercial challenges for aerospace interconnections in aerospace, covering all areas of the aircraft (Avionics, Cabin Interiors, Engines, EWIS, IFE, Landing Gear, Power Generation and Transmission). He also has an extensive background in Copper, Aluminum, Fiber Optic and Wireless solutions.

1

What changes do you expect to see in your industry over the next 5 years?

Aerospace is a conservative industry so technologies progress slowly but but I'm excited to watch the progress in All Electrical, Hybrid Electric Aircraft technology, Flying Cars and Taxis, Autonomus Flight, Drones and Low Earth Orbit Statellite Networks in outer space.

2

What was the most exciting or rewarding project you have worked on?

TE has break through technologies (that did not existed before in the industry) that allowed the Boeing Deamliner and the Airbus A350 platforms get off the ground.

3

Do you have a favorite TE product? If so, why?

Heat Shrink Tubing - even after 30 years when you show it to someone that hasn't seen it before you still hear "WOW THAT'S AMAZING!"

4

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

Historically we have focued on size and weight optimization for fuel economies.

Increasingly, it been:

  • High speed and band width (Ethernet, Cat 5, Cat 6 – F/O and wireless)
  • Efficient Power Consumption and Distribution (as OEM’s implement more electrical aircraft)
  • Sensors everywhere to detect and predict
  • Reliability in very harsh environments
  • Leveraging technologies and capabilities from other industries
  • How can we help our customers make their products faster (improve their production work cycles)

5

How do you stay current on emerging trends, technologies and priorities?

I subscribe to aerospace magazines, attend industry standard body meetings, airshows, tradeshows and conferences. I also talk to a great many of our customers and competitors over the course of the year. Increasingly, I find a lot of information on the internet.

6

Who are your customers and what are their biggest challenges?

Airbus and Boeing are our biggest customers but we literally have thousands of customers in Commercail Aerospace applications around the globe. TE also has a vast product portofolio - so there is an on going challenge to communicate our products and capabilities to the market.

7

How did you first get into engineering?

With my first job at Raychem I was exposed to new and innovative technologies that combined Material Science and Radiation Cross Linking to produce wonderful product properties. 

8

What do you find most enjoyable/interesting in working for TE?

The entrepreneurial spirit to create new business and technology.

9

Where would you most like to visit?

I travel all over the world on business but I've always wanted to hike in the Himalayas.