"On behalf of ASRI and the Technion, I must say we were honored to host Prof. Augustine, who has been one of the most influential figures in the U.S. aerospace industry for the past few decades"
ASRI Head Prof. Ehud Behar.
Prof. Norman R. Augustine
On the 1st February, 2011, one of America's great players in space research and a keen promoter of raising the standards of national education Prof. Norman R. Augustine toured some of the exciting projects happening at the Technion Asher Space Research Institute. During his visit, Augustine met with Prof. Ehud Behar, Head of ASRI; Prof. Pini Gurfil, Head of the Distributed Space Systems Laboratory; Distinguished Prof. Daniel Weihs, Head of the Technion Autonomous Systems Program, Prof. Alon Gany, Head of the Fine Rocket Propulsion Center. Augustine had attended the The 6th Ilan Ramon International Space Conference and was accompanied by Assaf Agmon - Director of the Fisher Institute.
Prof. Augustine retired as chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin and was recently chair of a committee responsible for dramatically changing the priorities of the U.S. human space flight program.
"Particularly on the occasion of the space conference commemorating Ilan Ramon, Israel's first astronaut, it made for a unique experience to hear from the pioneers of human space flight about the dilemmas associated with flying humans to space in the evolving era of autonomous robotics," says ASRI Head Prof. Ehud Behar. "Moreover, it was gratifying to receive the moral reinforcements from a distinguished business man on the importance of university education and academic excellence in science and technology, which is exactly what we at Technion are striving to achieve.
How did Augustine find the experience of ASRI? His answer is succinct: "I can't think of a better way to have spent the day."