Former Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine Addresses Role
of Science & Engineering in U.S. Job Creation at
IEEE-USA Annual Meeting
TENN. (5 March 2010) — Innovation is the key for the
United States to thrive in an increasingly global
economy, IEEE Fellow Norman R. Augustine said at the
IEEE-USA Annual Meeting on Friday morning.
chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin, chaired the
committee that produced the 2005 report, "Rising Above
the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America
for a Brighter Economic Future." He said Friday the
focus of the report was jobs, not just in science and
engineering but all occupations.
that while only 4 percent of jobs in the U.S. workforce
are held by engineers and scientists, they play a
pivotal role creating jobs for the other 96 percent.
"That's why the
average citizen should be concerned about the state of
science and engineering in our country," Augustine said
in his keynote address at the Nashville Airport
The theme for
IEEE-USA's yearly gathering of volunteer leaders is,
"The Gathering Storm: Are You Engineering the
Solutions?" To follow the sessions, go to the IEEE-USA
Annual Meeting blog at
that many of the challenges facing the country in 2005
are still confronting us today. He cited statistics
showing the U.S. K-12 education system still "performing
abysmally" by international standards. This doesn't bode
well for a nation trying to maintain its position as the
world leader in science, engineering and technology.
informatics has brought the world together, leading to
the death of distance," Augustine said. U.S. citizens
now have to "compete for jobs with their neighbors from
all around the world. … If we are going to compete, it's
going to have to be through innovation."
"Rising Above the
Gathering Storm" served as the basis for the America
COMPETES Act of 2007, legislation that bolsters research
in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and
improves educational programs. The authorization bill
passed the U.S. House of Representatives, 397-20, and
the Senate, 88-8, and was signed into law by former
President George W. Bush. IEEE-USA lobbied strongly in
favor of the bill.
was fully funded by the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009, which President Barack Obama
signed into law.
A video of
Augustine's speech is available at:
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