East Moline, Ill. native recognized by Army research, engineering center
June 26, 2012
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- An East Moline, Ill. native was named employee of the year by the U.S. Army's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, June 19.
Al Van Landuyt was recognized in the management category, middle level engineers and scientists for his work as a deputy director for CERDEC's Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate, or NVSED, at Fort Belvoir, Va. Van Landuyt also serves as an NVESD focal point for the Army Materiel Command Field Assistance in Science and Technology/Quick Reaction Capability (AMC FAST/QRC).
This position makes Van Landuyt the research, development and engineering entry point for Soldiers seeking information or supplying feedback about a technology in NVESD's technology areas. His nomination was based on the reputation he has built developing rapid solutions to technical problems and delivering them to the FAST field reps for Soldier assessment.
"His solutions have significant impact on the Soldier's ability to fight and survive in his day-to-day mission," his nomination package mentioned. "Users know that if they can reach Al with their needs, he will respond."
Van Landuyt has dedicated more than 40 years to the CERDEC NVESD mission, starting here in 1969. "The Soldiers in the field are what motivates me. We are in communication with them during peace and war, and it is the function of Night Vision Lab to provide them the technology and equipment to carry out their mission," he said.