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Norman Augustine

When Apr 28, 2015
from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM
Where 117 John Bill Freeman Auditorium in The HUB
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Engineering Systems Program Distinguished Lecture

Socio-engineering: Technology, Business, and Policy Systems for 21st Century Leadership

Dr. Norman Augustine, Lockheed Martin


“For every engineering action there is an equal and opposite social reaction.” - Augustine's Second Law


Engineers profoundly — profoundly — impact society and the quality of our lives. What are the grand challenges for our society and civilization as we look ahead to the year 2050, and how is engineering going to shape not only our individual well-being but also our societal well-being?

If the past is a guide, we know how profoundly the world changed from 1915 to 1950, much of it driven by the new capabilities of science and engineering, which were harnessed for evil as well as good. Dr. Norman Augustine, retired CEO and chairman of Lockheed Martin, will discuss the knowledge, skills, and perspectives students will need as they contribute to addressing societal grand challenges. Dr. Augustine received an honorary doctorate from Penn State and has served at the highest levels of leadership in business, government, and academia. He has served as undersecretary of the U.S. Army and chairman of the council of the National Academy of Engineering, and as a trustee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton University. He is a trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins University, has served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and is a former chairman of the Defense Science Board. He also has served on the boards of Black and Decker, Lockheed Martin, Procter and Gamble, and Phillips Petroleum, and served as chairman of the Business Roundtable Taskforce on Education.

Dr. Augustine is a member of the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences under the auspices of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served as chairman of the National Academy of Sciences committee that wrote the report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future. Additionally, he is the author or coauthor of four books, including Augustine's Laws and Shakespeare in Charge. Dr. Augustine is a five-time recipient of the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award, the Distinguished Service Medal. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States. Dr. Augustine was named to the 2014 U.S. News & World Report STEM Leadership Hall of Fame.

Co-Sponsors: The Office of the Provost, the College of Engineering, the Smeal College of Business, the Schreyer Honors College, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and the Engineering Systems Program