It is with mixed emotions that Synectic announces the retirement of Vinny Mata, one of our most distinguished senior product development engineers.
I was able to sit down with Vinny one last time before he left. Here is what he had to say about his time at Synectic.
Vinny, you have such a rich engineering background, what brought you to Synectic?
VM: I was originally introduced to the previous owner of Synectic, Jeff Stein, through a mentor of mine. Over the years I worked with him on various projects, as a contractor, before I went into medical device design. Then, about 10 years ago, I was looking to leave the company I was work at and I asked Jeff if I could use him as a reference. Well, he did way more than offer me a good reference, he invited me to come work for him. I had really enjoyed, working with him in the past, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity. Synectic offered the fun, family-like environment that I was looking for.
I’m so glad things worked out the way they did. You have worked on some pretty amazing projects throughout the years. What were some of your favorites while working here?
VM: One of my favorite projects was working on the 5mm laparoscopic stapler from Just Right surgical. The client challenged us to push the project to the limits with design and materials. Our team rose to the challenge and we were able to change the technology, making a significant impact in pediatric laparoscopic technology.
Vinny, you have definitely left your mark on this place and I can assure you, you will not be forgotten. What advice can you give to an engineering that is just starting their career?
VM: I recommend finding a company that nurtures and encourages you to master every aspect of product development from engineering to manufacturing. Seek out an environment where you can simultaneously contribute and expand your mind. You want driven colleagues who have a willing attitude to learn from each other and gladly share their knowledge. At Synectic the senior engineers spend time mentoring the junior engineers, encourage questions, and are willing to try a new approach. Even with all our years’ experience, we are still open to learning from the younger generation just entering the field. Synectic is also great for those looking to go into medical device development. You are not just working on one project in one specialty all the time. We have to learn all the anatomical systems and the projects change quite often. We learn everything from cardiovascular to tissue management and must know how to tie that into mechanical engineering.
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me. We are really happy that you chose to work at Synectic and we are sorry to see you go. What do you plan to do with your time now that you are retiring?
VM: I am an avid fisher and boater and I plan to do a lot more of both.
Good luck Vinny in wherever life brings you to next!