Patently Prepared

Patently Prepared

by Marketing Services - Cedarville, OH

March 2, 2007

“My engineering degree has paid dividends as a businessman as so many products being developed today are extremely technical in nature. Having that [engineering] background gives you an advantage over others,” said Scott Hartley ’95.

Hartley knows about those advantages. As the director of research and development programs for Armor Holdings, Hartley is responsible for developing relationships with government laboratories, academic institutions, and businesses that are involved in staying on the cutting edge of technology. His job is a mixture of engineering, science, and business. “When a new technology is identified, I have to be able to determine if it has scientific merit and can be applied to our products,” he explained.

Armor Holdings designs and manufactures human safety and survivability systems for military and commercial law enforcement agencies. Hartley noted, “Technology is continually changing and new advancements are being made every day, and so it is vital that I stay abreast of those changes, looking outside of the company and developing meaningful relationships that have potential application to our product offerings.”

Hartley is definitely on top of technology. Prior to being recruited to work at Armor Holdings, he served at a smaller company where he helped develop some patentable designs and methods. His patents are viewable on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site but, he cautioned, “They aren’t the easiest things to read and might cause you to fall asleep.” Briefly, they are:

o The design of ballistic spectacles and goggles allowing for the attachment and removal of lenses
o A processing method of capturing a laser protective film technology (organic dielectric stack) into a lens as part of the molding cycle
o The lens created by the above processing method
o A method for conducting automated quality assurance for a plastic laser welding process
o A method of attaching nanoparticles to a textile substrate resulting in a textile which provides chemical agent protection

Hartley credits his professors and education at Cedarville for much of his success. He recalled, “I was given the opportunity to lead the DOE hybrid electric vehicle program with Mr. Allport and Mr. Bruce as advisors. Both of them had previous military research and development experience, so they set up the program just like a military program, using the latest in program management tools and systems engineering processes.” That expertise was critical to Hartley’s career. While pursuing his degree, Hartley was hired as an engineering intern. “And four weeks into my internship I was in California writing a proposal for a $100 million program because I understood how to organize a response to a military development program,” he stated. A week later he was offered a full-time job.

Looking back, Hartley sees God’s hand on his life and career. “He has opened up so many doors and provided a variety of experiences while at Cedarville that provided the basis for my professional success,” he explained. “I didn’t know it at the time, but now I see how experiences I was put through paid dividends later in life.”