Leader in the U.S. Defense Industry Norman R. Augustine Named Drexel’s 2011 Engineering Leader of the Year
November 4, 2010 Norman R. Augustine, retired president and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation and author of Augustine’s Laws and Augustine’s Travels, will be honored as Drexel’s 2011 Engineering Leader of the Year. Augustine will receive the award at a ceremony during the Drexel’s National Engineers Week celebration February 21-25, 2011.
Augustine joined the Douglas Aircraft Company in 1958 and then served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as an assistant director of Defense Research and Engineering. He joined the LTV Missiles and Space Company in 1970. In 1973 he returned to government as assistant secretary and then under-secretary of the Army. He joined Martin Marietta in 1977. Augustine became its chairman and CEO in 1988 and 1987, respectively, and then served as president of the Lockheed Martin Corporation upon its formation. He was subsequently CEO and chairman before his retirement in August 1997, after which he spent two years on the faculty of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Augustine was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1997 for his role in the development of technologies such as space vehicles, “smart” weapons, information systems and advanced aircraft systems. In January 2006, the National Academy of Sciences awarded him the prestigious Public Welfare Medal. The Defense Department has bestowed on him its highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal, five times. He has received meritorious service awards from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army, Air Force, NASA, Treasury Department and Central Intelligence Agency.
Augustine was chairman and principal officer of the American Red Cross for nine years, president and chairman of the Association of the United States Army, chairman of the council for the National Academy of Engineering, the Aerospace Industries Association and the Defense Science Board. He is a former president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Boy Scouts of America. Augustine is a regent of the University System of Maryland, trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins and a former member of the board of trustees of Princeton University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the advisory board to the Department of Homeland Security and he was a member of the Hart/Rudman Commission on National Security. He served for 16 years on the President’s council of advisors on Science and Technology. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences and the Council on Foreign Affairs and he is a fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Explorers Club.
Augustine graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering. He holds 24 honorary degrees; Augustine received the degree of Doctor of Business Administration from Drexel University in 2006. He has traveled in over 100 countries and stood on both the North and South Poles of the earth.
Past Drexel Engineer of the Year recipients include Dr. Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering and president emeritus of MIT; Christopher Ferguson, commander of NASA’s STS-126 Endeavour, STS-115 Atlantis and distinguished Drexel alumnus of mechanical engineering (’84); Dr. Bernard Amadei, founding president of Engineers Without Borders-USA and co-founder of Engineers Without Borders-International; Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research and Development Corp. and founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology); Dr. Robert Koerner, Drexel emeritus professor and former H.L. Bowman professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and director of Geosynthetic Research Institute; Dr. Mark Adler, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mars Exploration program architect and Rover Mission manager.
For more information about Drexel’s 2011 Engineers Week, please visit Engineer's Week website.