||A combination of forces is poised to impact engineering education in a manner perhaps never before observed. Ironically, a number of these forces are the product of capabilities produced by engineers themselves. They range from a massive increase in the body of knowledge an engineer is expected to know to a revolution in the manner in which that knowledge is transmitted. The key to survival will be to embrace change—but without undermining those factors that have made America’s engineering education the benchmark of the field. This will be a challenge worthy of a profession that has already changed much of the rest of the world.
Norm Augustine is retired Chairman and CEO of the Board of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Prior to joining Martin Marietta, he served as Assistant Secretary of the Army (R&D) from 1973-1975 and Undersecretary from 1975-77. He was a Professor at Princeton, his alma mater, from 1997-99.
Mr. Augustine has been presented the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States and received the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award. He has five times received the Department of Defense's highest civilian decoration; the Distinguished Service Medal. He is co-author of The Defense Revolution and Shakespeare In Charge and author of Augustine's Laws and Augustine's Travels.
He was chairman and Principal Officer of the American Red Cross for nine years, Chairman of the National Academy of Engineering, President and Chairman of the Association of the United States Army, Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association, Chairman of the Defense Science Board, and has served on numerous other boards.