Norman R. Augustine Receives Industrial Research Institute’s 2009 National IRI Medal

Award honors Augustine’s lifetime commitment to innovation in industry

BOSTON, Mass., May 21, 2009– Last night at its Annual Meeting in Boston, the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) bestowed its 2009 National IRI Medal to Norman R. Augustine, former chairman and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin.

Augustine received the medal, established in 1946 to recognize leaders of technology for their outstanding accomplishments in technological innovation that broadly contribute to the development of industry and to the benefit of society, for his commitment to the ethical conduct of business and his visionary leadership in the fields of aerospace engineering and industrial production.

“Norman R. Augustine, through his work has not only made the nation safer and more secure, but he has also been a leading advocate in making education in science, technology, engineering and math education national priorities,” said Edward Bernstein, IRI President. “He also conducted business by the highest ethical standards and promoted investment in innovation that directly improved the lives of Americans.”

Augustine is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin and a former under secretary of the Army. He has been awarded the National Medal of Technology and the U.S. Department of Defense’s highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, five times. 

“Innovation plays a crucial role in raising the nation’s standard of living, and it is absolutely essential that our political and business leaders adopt policies that encourage innovation in both the private and public sectors,” Augustine said. “I want to thank IRI for this prestigious award, and for its hard work on behalf of technological innovation in industry over many decades.”

Augustine has also served as the chairman and principal officer of the American Red Cross and as the chairman for the National Academy of Engineering, the Association of the United States Army, the Aerospace Industries Association and the Defense Science Board. He is a former president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Boy Scouts of America.

In addition, he has served on the board of directors for ConocoPhillips, Black and Decker, Procter and Gamble and Lockheed Martin and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Colonial Williamsburg.   Augustine is a Regent of the University System of Maryland, Trustee Emeritus of Johns Hopkins and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton and MIT.

He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and holds 23 honorary degrees. He was also selected by Who’s Who in America and the Library of Congress as one of “Fifty Great Americans” on the occasion of Who’s Who’s fiftieth anniversary.  He is co-author of The Defense Revolution and Shakespeare in Charge and author of Augustine’s Laws and Augustine’s Travels. 



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