Spotlight Interview with Matt Lappen, Commercial Director & Ryan O’Connell, Product Manager at AMETEK Specialty Metal Products





Matt Lappen,
Commercial Director – Precision Strip

Ryan O’Connell,
Product Manager – Precision Tube

What do you hope attendees will gain from your webinar?

Matt – I would hope that the attendees can leave the webinar with a more clear understanding of what materials, properties, and products are available for designers that wouldn’t be identified in any standard handbooks.

Ryan – My hope is that attendees will leave the webinar with an understanding of how AMETEK Specialty Metal Products and its wide range of capabilities and engineering expertise can be a great partner in bringing cutting-edge medical devices to market.

What discussions do you look forward to having with the attendees?

Matt – I hope to hear about the problems that attendees are seeing in their product designs so we can start jointly developing solutions.

Ryan – I look forward to hearing what new products and innovations AMETEK Specialty Metal Products might be able to help the webinar attendees bring to market.  I am particularly looking forward to discussions around difficult specs and tolerances and pushing materials to the edge of their capability.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Matt – The most enjoyable part of the role is learning how our clients use our materials in new and exciting applications. I’ve always likened it to taking a field trip when in school. Learning how our materials are used in one application can generate synergies in completely different markets.

Ryan – Along with the rest of the AMETEK Specialty Metal Products team, I enjoy helping customers to overcome obstacles on the way to finding solutions.  No two days are the same and no two challenges are the same.  I enjoy working with a variety of customers and applications to broaden my knowledge of how specialty metals can help to make the world a better place.

How did you get into the industry?

Matt – I was recruited as a Technical Writer by a consulting firm. My first, and last, position was writing training manuals at a specialty metals plant in North Carolina. I was hired to a technical position by the facility after completing my project.

Ryan – I began as an Engineering Intern with Superior Tube Company back in summer of 2005.  I was offered a full-time position in Supply Chain after graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University in 2007.  After several years working in operations and commercial roles, I decided to go back to school to pursue an MBA from Temple University, which I just completed last Fall.  What was supposed to be a 12 week position is now approaching 16 years!

Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

Matt – My favorite place in the world is surrounded by my family. The recent pandemic has had silver linings in that it has allowed me to spend much more time with my loved ones.

Ryan – A summer Sunday afternoon at a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game.  It doesn’t get much better than that for me.  I look forward to being able to get back to the ballpark when things get back to normal!

Join Matt & Ryan оn a webinar entitled Improving Patient Care through Material Innovation by AMETEK Specialty Metal Products on 28th of January at 3PM London/10AM New York.

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