Norman Augustine—Engineer, Businessman, STEM Advocate—To Speak at Michigan Tech Spring Commencement

By Jennifer Donovan | Published

Norman Augustine, who will speak at Michigan Technological University’s upcoming Spring Commencement April 30, is an outspoken advocate of more and better education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics—the STEM fields.  It’s what the US needs to be competitive in the global, high-tech marketplace of the 21st century, he says. And he knows what he’s talking about.

An aeronautical engineer and businessman himself, Augustine chaired a National Academies committee that issued a watershed report on America’s failings in STEM education.  The report, titled  “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future,” outlined what the country needs to do “to compete in this rough and tumble global environment.” It forms the foundation for recent efforts to attract more students to the STEM fields and to improve STEM education, long a cornerstone of Michigan Tech’s mission.

Augustine is the former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin and Martin Marietta Corporations. He has served as assistant secretary, undersecretary and acting secretary of the US Army.   

He headed the National Academy of Engineering, the Aerospace Industries Association, the Defense Science Board, the American Red Cross and the Boy Scouts of America.

Augustine has received the National Medal of Technology from the President of the United States and the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also received the US Department of Defense’s highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, five times.

Michigan Tech will recognize the featured speaker with an honorary Doctorate of Science and Engineering. 

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 60 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.