2006 - Thomas Laryea, III


Thomas Laryea, III was one of twelve General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) engineers recognized by US Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine), as "Modern-Day Technology Leaders for 2006," for outstanding leadership and contributions in engineering, science and technology.

Laryea joined GDLS, a defense contractor located in Sterling Heights, Illinois, shortly after graduation in 2001 from Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, where he majored in Computer Science with a concentration in Information Systems. While at Tuskegee, Thomas was the Editor-in-Chief of Tuskeana, the yearbook of the university.  He also served two years as Vice-President of the local chapter of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

A Senior Engineer at General Dynamics Land Systems, Thomas has held positions of increasing responsibility. He co-authored a graphical testing application that has been in use for the past 3 years on 6 different programs. Thomas also worked on the initial port of vehicle display software on the CEEP program. Last year, Thomas was leading a team tasked with defining the Software Development Environment, including Configuration Management for the FCS Common Software team. Next year, Thomas will lead the effort of establishing the infrastructure needed to open a new engineering facility in the Orlando, Florida effort. This will be a 2 million dollar project over the next 5 years.

Laryea, his wife, Tisa; and two children, Charesse 6, and Thomas 2, are residents of Clinton Township, Chicago.