UF extends highest honor to engineering leader Norm Augustine

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Gator Engineering congratulates Norman R. Augustine, longtime corporate and military leader, as he receives an honorary doctorate degree of technology from the University of Florida in a ceremony on December 13, 2013.

Augustine has played a large role in shaping the aerospace industry. He served as president, chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin. He’s sat on advisory boards for NASA, Congress, and the White House. In countless ways, he has furthered engineering education, including his service as an advisory board member of UF’s Engineering Leadership Institute.

“It goes without saying that to receive an honorary degree from an institution of the stature of the University of Florida is a very significant recognition. Having had the privilege of serving on the board of the Engineering Leadership Institute I am well aware of the emphasis the university places on leadership as well as on the traditional academic disciplines. If the new graduates will combine what they have learned here with an intense sense of motivation there can be no limit to what my fellow Gators will be able to accomplish in life.”

Augustine graduated magna cum laude with an aeronautical engineering degree from Princeton University in 1958. In addition to his corporate accomplishments, he has also worked as chairman of the American Red Cross, Council of the National Academy of Engineering, the Defense Science Board, the Aerospace Industries Associations and the Association of the United States Army. He’s served as assistant secretary, under secretary and acting secretary of the U.S. Army, and president of the Boy Scouts of America and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

“We have been so fortunate to have Mr. Augustine’s leadership and support as we’ve embarked on a new era of engineering education in our college,” said Cammy Abernathy, dean of UF’s College of Engineering. “The new engineer is not afraid to lead and is ready to change the world. Mr. Augustine is a shining example of what it takes to serve, to lead, and to succeed.”