Technology Today

2010 Issue 2

Hector Reyes

Engineering Profiles

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Hector Reyes
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Jeff Hoffner
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Al Coit
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Jean Huie Imholt
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BJ Simpson
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Engineering Profiles

Hector Reyes Network Centric Systems Texas Chief Technologist

Hector Reyes cur­rently serves as the technical director of Engineering and chief technolo­gist for Network Centric Systems (NCS) in Texas. His primary responsibility is to provide techni­cal insight and guidance to the programs in the region. As chief technologist, Reyes manages the regional technology portfolio and works with product line teams to develop integrated tech­nology solutions.

Specifically, Reyes works with NCS product lines to develop innovative concepts for sensor technologies (including active/passive electro-optical, infrared and laser); networked sensors; and border and warfighter sighting systems. He leads the engineering organization in develop­ing a technical vision, product road maps, and a plan to transition to an integrated networked sensors systems provider for the military and civil customers.

Reyes began his career in a co-op scholarship program at Southern Methodist University. His first job was weighing parts for the for­ward looking infrared (FLIR) targeting system for the F-18 Hornet. “I’ve been working on electro-optic systems in roles of increasing responsibility ever since,” he said.

Today, Reyes is convinced he has found his ideal position. “Over my career, I’ve been in the cockpit of fighters and gunships and in the tur­ret of armored vehicles and tanks,” said Reyes. “I’ve fired the gun on the Abrams Tank and flown anti-tank missiles down range. Today, I ensure our warfighter’s needs are being met by working to advance our technology. I have my dream job.”

When he’s not working as a leader and mentor within Raytheon and the academic community, Reyes keeps busy at home where he enjoys photography and spending time with his family.