augustine-300x243.jpgThe National Science Foundation announced yesterday that aerospace titan Norm Augustine will be heading a strategic review of U.S. science-support operations on the continent of Antarctica.

“The Obama Administration strongly supports the U.S. Antarctic Program and understands its importance in America’s conduct of international diplomacy, polar scientific endeavors, science leadership, and exploration of this vast continent and its surrounding seas,” said John P. Holdren, assistant to the president for science and technology and director of Office of Science and Technology Policy. “The Administration’s goal is to ensure that these important research programs remain on a strong and stable footing well into the 21st Century, and this review will be crucial to meeting that goal.”

This is just the latest in a series of high-profile, high-impact blue-ribbon panels on science and technology that Augustine has headed up. In 2009 he was asked by the White House to review NASA’s plans for human space exploration. He also headed up the panel that issued the influential 2005 report “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future” and was one of the authors of a followup report in 2010.

Augustine earned his BSE, magna cum laude, from Princeton in 1957 and his MSE from Princeton in 1959.