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Introducing Steve Hayes

Hey Hey Hey! My name is Steve Hayes. My background is in Mechanical Engineering, for which I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the one and only West Virginia University – Go Mountaineers! I’ve been at HurleyIR for almost a year now and am currently managing the custom engineering operations of our infrared (IR) camera systems in our warehouse based in Mount Airy, Maryland. (Luckily for me, I grew up 25 minutes away so I’m familiar with the area and know the best places to grab lunch!)
I really enjoy working with HurleyIR (and not only because I don’t have to go to classes or take exams anymore)! We are a relatively small business – keyword: relatively – because you’d never know based on the numerous custom engineering camera systems that we manufacturer daily. The projects we work on, while similar in the fact that they’re camera systems, are usually very unique and diverse from one to the next.
I know what you’re thinking, “Steve, if you’re engineering custom camera systems and specialize in infrared capabilities, why are the systems you’re building so different from each other?” Well, firstly, that’s a great question and thanks for asking! The reason our cameras vary from one to another is because of the specific mission requirements that our customers need to meet in order to accomplish their end goals. Many times, we’re providing camera systems to help our customers complete surveillance, NDT (Non-Destructive Testing), and search and rescue missions – as well as many others. Our imaging systems incorporate many different combinations of spectrums, including: visual, thermal (or infrared), ultraviolet (UV) and night vision (NV) spectrums. That being said, if a customer can imagine a different solution that better meets their mission, I am confident that we have the knowledge, talent, and resources to get it done! Often, customers additionally include lasers, IR illuminators, target lock and track (TLT), and many other awesome add-on features that provide additional benefits to promote mission effectiveness and efficiency.
There are a few camera systems and projects that I’ve personally taken the lead on since I’ve been here, but I’ll have to tell you next time or people will start thinking that blogging is my only specialty around here! I’m looking forward to telling you all about them and I think you’ll find them very interesting! Until next time my friends…
Go Mountaineers,
P.S. – This was the first blog I’ve ever written, so be sure to give me your feedback and let me know if you have any questions!