PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Drexel University's College of Engineering has announced Norman R. Augustine, retired president and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation and author of Augustine's Laws and Augustine's Travels, as Drexel's 2011 Engineering Leader of the Year. Augustine will receive the award at a ceremony during Drexel's National Engineers Week celebration on Feb. 25.
"We are excited to present Mr. Augustine with the Engineer of the Year award," said Dr. Bruce Eisenstein, interim dean of Drexel's College of Engineering. "His corporate leadership and impact on technology and engineering are an inspiration to our future engineers."
Augustine joined the Douglas Aircraft Company in 1958 and then served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In 1970, he joined the LTV Missiles and Space Company. He joined Martin Marietta, the predecessor of Lockheed Martin, in 1977. Augustine became its chairman and CEO in 1988 and 1987, respectively, and then served as president of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. 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.
The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Augustine received the 1997 National Medal of Technology for his role in developing technologies such as space vehicles, "smart" weapons, and advanced aircraft systems. The Defense Department has bestowed on him its highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal, five times.
He is a member of the advisory board to the Department of Homeland Security and served for 16 years on the President's council of advisors on science and technology.
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 including a degree of Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa, from Drexel (2006).
Past Drexel Engineering Leader of the Year recipients include Drexel alumnus Christopher Ferguson, '84, commander of NASA's STS-126 Endeavour, STS-115 Atlantis; Dr. Bernard Amadei, founding president of Engineers Without Borders-USA; and Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research and Development Corp. and founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
For more information about Drexel's 2011 Engineers Week, visit www.drexel.edu/coe/news/engineers_week/.
SOURCE Drexel University