“[Faith is] not a word that I use very much at all,” he told me. “It’s hardly in my vocabulary because it’s not a part of my objective activity in quantifying things. I just don’t think that way.”
Faith and science are strange bedfellows to be sure. And that definition of faith is something that I would agree with.
“I come from a science and engineering background and deal with facts and measurable, quantifiable data,” Steve told me.
But if we’re open to another definition — that faith is a will we exercise rather than a concept we possess; something that points to a thing in which we put our trust and hope — I wondered what I might find.
Born and raised in North Carolina, Steve came west 30 years ago by way of New York and London, bringing with him a vast knowledge of engineering and physics. After stints with Kodak and Disney, he created his own company, HinesLab ( www.HinesLab.com), where he creates prototypes for image displays and develops optical and mechanical devices for photographic equipment and flight simulators. He’s currently working on a way to view 3-D TV without wearing glasses, the Holy Grail of 3-D technology today.
“Optical engineering is so appealing because light is beautiful to work with. You can break it up into so many colors and prisms . . . I love working with it.”
In short, he’s a man who helps us see the world in new and vibrant ways.