There’s an engineer at the helm
Like many of the rest of us who end up in some or other part of the audio industry, Mike enjoyed a misspent youth playing with equipment, modifying electronics and speakers. Fortunately for him, he was able to mate his interests with his technical education and experience. After securing degrees in Mechanical Engineering and prior to forming HRS in the fall of 2000, Latvis enjoyed a varied and very successful career in mechanical engineering. Much of his prior work experience focused on vibration control.
Between 1986 and 1993, he was Senior Product Engineer for the Lord Corporation, a world leader in vibration isolation products where he was the primary engineer of the products being developed and manufactured for Sikorsky Aircraft and Hindustan Aeronautics Accounts. During that time, he completed design engineering of the elastomeric pitch rod ends for the Black Hawk helicopter’s main rotor system, the elastomeric stabilator bearings for the Sikorsky-Boeing Comanche helicopter and roughly a hundred other projects in and around aircraft design. Between 1993 and 1997, he worked in the Engineering Department for Moog Incorporated (and Moog Controls) and in the Simulation and Specialty Products Group where he was lead designer on several products including the three-stage electrohydraulic high-pressure natural gas injector for natural gas locomotive research program (which was the first full size locomotive to run on natural gas).
Between 1997 and 2001, he was the Engineering Manager of a Vibration Isolation Products Group in a company where he served as technical lead engineer and manager for a group of engineers working on hundreds of vibration isolation design projects for companies such as Boeing, Airbus and Lockheed Martin. Those programs included missile system isolation, commercial aircraft interior noise reduction, isolation of Naval Electronics Systems from ballistic shock and isolation of sensitive electronics in military vehicles and aircraft. He continues to be very much in demand as a consultant in his areas of expertise.
When Mike Latvis entered the field of vibration isolation in audio, he came prepared for the job with a love of music, an audiophile’s neurotic attachment to gear and a successful career in the science of vibration control and noise reduction in a broad range of areas. All HRS products exhibit his love of music and his expertise at vibration and noise control.