Army scientist graduates Army Management Staff College advanced course

April 14, 2016

By ARL Public Affairs

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (March 21, 2016) – A senior materials scientist and leader at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory graduated from the Civilian Education System Advanced Course March 18, 2016.

Dr. Mark R. VanLandingham, acting chief of the Materials and Manufacturing Science Division, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, completed the leadership development course along with 62 other students at APG.

The Advanced Course is designed for civilian leaders who must be "adaptive, innovative, self-aware and capable of effectively leading a complex organization, guiding programs and managing associated resources," according to the Civilian Personnel website.

The course focus is on strategic thinking and assessment, change management, developing a cohesive organization, managing a diverse workplace and management of resources.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course," VanLandingham said. "It provided a number of mechanisms and opportunities for self-reflection and increasing self-awareness, which is a critical aspect of leadership."

VanLandingham said the four-week course came at an opportune point in his career. He began his new leadership position as acting division chief immediately after completing the CES course.

"Mark brings a wealth of experience in scientific and engineering research and leadership to the [acting division chief] position," wrote David Lyon, acting WMRD director, in an email to the workforce announcing his appointment. "He's been a rising leader within WMRD since joining ARL in December 2002."

VanLandingham served as the associate director for WMRD Program, Plans and Budget since October 2012.

"The course emphasized people and relationships, as well as big picture and strategic thinking, which echo many of Dr. Russell's [ARL director] priorities for the lab and its leadership," he said. "The course is a unique learning environment for those interested in leading at higher organizational levels, and I would highly recommend it."

The executive deputy to the commanding general for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, ARL's parent command, wrote VanLandingham a congratulatory note.

"You have received valuable training for use in your current duties and for any future challenges you encounter in your career," wrote Jyuji Hewitt. "I commend you for your dedication to this effort...Put this to good use for our Soldiers."

VanLandingham earned his doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Delaware, his master of science in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his bachelor of science in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.


Last Update / Reviewed: April 14, 2016