CSCI Alum Honored as Industry Leader


Thomas D. Laryea, III, a Tuskegee University Department of Computer Science Graduate, was one of twelve General Dynamics (GD) engineers recognized by US Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine as "Modern-Day Technology Leaders for 2006," for outstanding leadership and contribution in engineering, science and technology.

Laryea joined General Dynamics Land Systems (a division of GD), as a defense contractor located in Sterling Heights, Michigan, shortly after graduation in 2001. While he has worked on many different projects during his tenure at GDLS, his favorite was co-authoring and developing a graphical testing application that has been used on six different programs for the last three years. "I like to see change," he said. "I like to be able to see the results of what I have done, to be in action. Some of the guys who work here on projects that are a bit more behind the scenes, and it is a bit harder to see exactly how their piece fits in."

He urges those young individuals pursuing careers in science and technology to persevere in their work. He advises, "Don't let barriers get in your way. It just takes time to prove yourself."

Laryea is currently providing technical and software support, primarily to future combat systems programs at GDLS, a massive project seeking to develop an integrated new system of vehicles, weaponry, and other systems for the US Military.

The "Modern Day Technology Leaders for 2006 Award" recognizes African-Americans whose innovations impact entire industries. Recipients were honored during the twentieth annual Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference (Banquet), a renowned gathering of Black technical professions, on Friday, February 17, 2006.

In addition to Laryea, eleven other GD employees were honored to receive this award: Michael Anderson, Phillip Carswell, Cyprians Colbert, Richard Coleman, Thomasine Dade, Ronald Dow, Jr. Kevan Jackson, Burton Jones, Christopher Parks, Andre Perry, and Dontrell Pinder. Laryea was the only engineer from General Dynamics Land Systems to receive this prestigious award.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Laryea, his wife and two children are residents of Clinton Township, Michigan.

*Information obtained from, and Dan Heaten, Editor, Macomb Daily Business.

**This story was featured in the Tuskegee University ACM Student Chapter Newsletter, UNWIRED (February Issue) by Cornelius Bradley.


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