Norman R. Augustine, a national leader in management, science and technology, and a celebrated author and speaker, will present the National Air and Space Museum’s 2014 Charles A. Lindbergh Memorial Lecture May 7. Established in 1982, the Lindbergh Lecture is annually held in May to commemorate the pioneer aviator’s solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean May 20–21, 1927. It is the museum’s longest-running named lecture series. The lecture is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance. Information is available on the museum’s website at Lindbergh Lecture.
In his presentation titled “Augustine’s Laws: Lessons from a Career of Trying to Defy the Law (of Gravity),” Augustine will give a candid look at aviation, business and the defense industry. As the CEO of Martin Marietta, he orchestrated its merger with the Lockheed Corp. in 1995 creating Lockheed Martin, the largest defense contractor in the United States. He led the 1990 Advisory Committee on the Future of the U.S. Space Program and was a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology for 16 years.
A graduate of Princeton University, Augustine joined the Douglas Aircraft Co. as an engineer and quickly moved into advanced management positions in the defense industry. A former Under Secretary of the Army, Augustine is the five-time recipient of the Defense Department’s Distinguished Service Medal. His other awards are numerous, including the National Medal of Technology and the 2014 National Air and Space Museum Trophy for Lifetime Achievement. He is also an avid outdoors enthusiast who has trekked extensively around the world, including both poles of the Earth.
“In describing Norm’s career, the two words that occur most often are ‘success’ and ‘respect,’” said Gen. J.R. “Jack” Dailey, director of the museum. “Over the years, he has tackled many challenges which have resulted in successful outcomes, and he has earned the respect of all who worked with him along the way.”
This year’s event is made possible by United Technologies Corp.
The National Air and Space Museum building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is located at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. The museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport. Both facilities are open daily from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free, but there is a $15 fee for parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center.