At the National Academies, Augustine served as chairman of the National Academy of Engineering from 1994 to 1996. He has chaired National Research Council study panels such as the Committee on the Organization and Management of Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics and served on the Committee on the Organizational Structure of the National Institutes of Health. In 2005 he led the highly influential National Academies panel that authored "Rising Above the Gathering Storm," a congressionally requested report that laid out a detailed list of steps federal policymakers could take to ensure a strong competitive position for America in the emerging global economy.
"Norm Augustine is an effective advocate for wise long-range policies in the mostly short-range world of Washington policymaking," said John Brauman, home secretary of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the selection committee. "He is a talented leader with the ability to cut through complex issues quickly and bring diverse groups of people together to focus on getting results."
Augustine is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees in science, engineering, management, and law, and sits on the board of directors of ConocoPhillips, Black & Decker, and Procter & Gamble. For nine years he was chairman and principal officer of the American Red Cross. He also has served as a trustee of Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Johns Hopkins University.
A past president of the Boy Scouts of America, he is an avid outdoors enthusiast who has trekked extensively around the world, including dogsledding in the Arctic, exploring volcanoes in Antarctica, canoeing the Boundary Waters of Canada, and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. He has stood on both poles of the Earth.