Twenty-six years of work at Dugway Proving Ground have passed quickly for Martin Houle, group leader at the Chemical Laboratory Division in the Ditto Technical Center. Houle is retiring this spring, and he and his wife, Bev, will move to Montana.
Houle's latest contribution to the Army is the development of the piezoelectric sensor, a chemical device that provides instantaneous data on chemical substances in the environment.Miniature versions of the sensor will be installed on the skin of Dugway's robotic mannequin, which the base is going to use to test protective clothing. The mini-sensors will immediately detect any penetrations of the clothing by deadly chemicals.
Houle has mixed feelings about leaving Dugway. He and his wife will be glad to return to Montana, their home state, but they've reared 11 children at Dugway and the place is an important part of their lives, Houle said.