Irvine Sensors forms Thermal Imaging Division

Vision systems company Irvine Sensors has appointed vice president Peter Kenefick as general manager of the company's newly formed Thermal Imaging Division.

Mar 9th, 2010

Vision systems company Irvine Sensors (Costa Mesa, CA, USA) has appointed vice president Peter Kenefick as general manager of the company's newly formed Thermal Imaging Division. According to John Carson, president and CEO of Irvine Sensors, "Pete is perfect for this job because of his business and program management credentials and because he nurtured our thermal imaging products from their infancy to the present success of COTI [Clip-On Thermal Imager, a retrofit for existing image-intensified night-vision goggles]. We expect deliveries of our thermal imaging products, particularly COTIs, to ramp from their current roughly 100 units per month to over 2000 units per month over the next two years, necessitating the creation of a separate, dedicated division of the company."

Prior to this appointment, Kenefick served as Irvine Sensors' vice president of EO product operations. He received his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering with an economics minor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1981. He has been employed by the aerospace industry since graduating, with increasing levels of responsibility at Northrop Corporation, TRW, Hughes, OCA Applied Optics, Corning Corporation, BF Goodrich Aerospace, Orbital Sciences Corporation, and United Technologies - Hamilton Sunstrand prior to joining Irvine Sensors in 2005.

Near-term growth in Irvine Sensors' thermal imaging product deliveries is expected to be stimulated by a US Navy COTI competitive procurement, which was recently won by a team in which Irvine Sensors is the electronic core supplier. This award, however, represents a very small fraction of the total potential military market over the next several years, which is the basis for the formation of the new division, according to the company.

--Posted by Carrie Meadows, Vision Systems Design

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