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Feb 8, 2013 -- Norm Augustine, retired CEO of Lockheed Martin and former acting secretary of the U.S. Army and five-time recipient of the U.S. Distinguished Service Medal, will speak today to inspire engineering and computer science students to achieve their career dreams.

He is among six highly accomplished leaders from well-known companies visiting UCF this semester to share their wisdom and leadership advice to students of the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS), as part of the CECS Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute (eli2).

Other speakers in the Spring 2013 lineup include Lucas Boyce, community and government relations director, Orlando Magic; Leila Nodarse, senior client manager for the national engineering firm Terracon; Randy Zwirn, president and CEO of Siemens Energy; Angel Ruiz, head of Ericsson's North America region; and Fabio Gandour, M.D., Ph.D., chief scientist, IBM Brazil.

While the seminars are available only to CECS students, they will be recorded by WUCF TV for viewing online. See past seminars here.

Sponsored by Progress Energy, the eli2 Leadership Seminar Series provides practical and engaging advice to CECS juniors and seniors enrolled in the course, "Engineering Leadership I." Dr. Timothy Kotnour, professor of industrial engineering and management systems, leads the course as eli2 director.

Since the seminar series' launch in 2011, more than 400 students have learned from dynamic industry and government leaders.

CECS Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute (eli2)

Developed based on input from engineering leaders in the corporate, government and academic sectors, eli2 prepares UCF engineering and computer science students to be technical leaders and lifelong learners.

The mission of eli2 is to inspire students' ability to create, innovate, collaborate and deliver world-changing solutions.

The institute strives to transform students so they can easily transition from the classroom to the workforce with sought-after proficiencies. Students will graduate fully prepared to collaborate and work effectively in teams, make impactful presentations, communicate with polished speaking and writing skills, and contribute with ethical responsibility and knowledge of global issues.

But eli2 doesn't end after the commencement ceremony. With a mission of lifelong engagement, eli2 provides resources to help young professionals quickly become technical and program managers. As they advance in their careers, technical managers can benefit from eli2 resources to emerge as executives who will ultimately shape and influence the next generation of engineering up-and-comers.

For more information about eli2, visit their website.

Mr. Augustine's biography

NORMAN R. AUGUSTINE was raised in Colorado and attended Princeton University where he graduated with a BSE in Aeronautical Engineering, magna cum laude, and an MSE. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi.

In 1958 he joined the Douglas Aircraft Company in California where he worked as a Research Engineer, Program Manager and Chief Engineer. Beginning in 1965, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Assistant Director of Defense Research and Engineering. He joined LTV Missiles and Space Company in 1970, serving as Vice President, Advanced Programs and Marketing.

In 1973 he returned to the government as Assistant Secretary of the Army and in 1975 became Under Secretary of the Army, and later Acting Secretary of the Army. Joining Martin Marietta Corporation in 1977 as Vice President of Technical Operations, he was elected as CEO in 1987 and chairman in 1988, having previously been President and COO. He served as president of Lockheed Martin Corporation upon the formation of that company in 1995, and became CEO later that year. He retired as chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin in 1997, at which time he became a Lecturer with the Rank of Professor on the faculty of Princeton University where he served until 1999.

Mr. Augustine was Chairman and Principal Officer of the American Red Cross for nine years, Chairman of the Council of the National Academy of Engineering, President and Chairman of the Association of the United States Army, Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association, and Chairman of the Defense Science Board.

He is a former President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Boy Scouts of America. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of ConocoPhillips, Black & Decker, Proctor & Gamble and Lockheed Martin, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Colonial Williamsburg.

He is a Regent of the University System of Maryland (12 institutions), Trustee Emeritus of Johns Hopkins and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton and MIT.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy, was a member of the Hart/Rudman Commission on National Security, and served for 16 years on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology under both Republican and Democratic presidents.

He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Explorers Club.

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 holds 29 honorary degrees and was 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 50th anniversary. He has traveled in 111 countries and stood on both the North and South Poles of the earth.

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