Studies and programs related to engineering and technology cut across the many operational units of the National Academies, including those of the NAE, NAS, IOM, and NRC. The results of these activities are published as reports and proceedings that add to the growing body of knowledge on engineering and technology practice and policy.

You can order these publications or read them online at the website of the National Academies Press, the publishing arm of the National Academies. Most reports are available as free PDFs.


Featured Reports
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    Livable Cities of the Future:

    At the beginning of the 20th century an estimated five percent of the world's population lived in cities. Today, half the world's population is urbanized. Urban sustainability is multifaceted and encompasses security, economics, environment and resources, health, and quality of life. It can be ... Read More

    Author: National Academy of Engineering; NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

    Release Date: May 15, 2014

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    The Importance of Engineering Talent to the Prosperity and Security of the Nation:

    The quality of engineering in the United States will only be as good as the quality of the engineers doing it. The recruitment and retention of talented young people into engineering therefore need to be top national priorities, given the crucial importance of engineering to our prosperity, ... Read More

    Author: National Academy of Engineering

    Release Date: January 1, 2014

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    STEM Integration in K-12 Education

    This report documents diverse efforts to connect two or more of the STEM subjects in schools and after-/out-of-school programs. Although integrated STEM is poorly defined in both research and practice, the report says this type of connected learning has the potential to enhance student interest ... Read More

    Author: National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council

    Release Date: March 6, 2014

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    Frontiers of Engineering:

    This volume presents 13 papers from the 2013 US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium held in September 2013. These annual meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2013 ... Read More

    Author: National Academy of Engineering

    Release Date: January 1, 2014

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    Harnessing Operational Systems Engineering to Support Peacebuilding:

    Operational systems engineering involves identifying the important components of a complex system, analyzing the relationships among them, and creating models of the system to explore its behavior and possible ways of changing that behavior. In this way it offers quantitative and qualitative ... Read More

    Author: National Academy of Engineering; United States Institute of Peace

    Release Date: December 27, 2013

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    Best Available and Safest Technologies for Offshore Oil and Gas Operations:

    This report explores a range of options for improving implementation of the US Department of the Interior’s congressional mandate to require the use of best available safety technologies in offshore oil and gas operations. The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act calls on the Secretary of the ... Read More

    Author: Marine Board; National Academy of Engineering; National Research Council

    Release Date: January 1, 2013

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    Bringing a Systems Approach to Health

    The US health care enterprise can promote better health at lower cost by using a systems engineering approach that takes into account the ways people, processes, and organizations influence patient care. These elements are routinely poorly coordinated, leading to problems with the safety and ... Read More

    Author: National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine

    Release Date: July 10, 2013

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    Messaging for Engineering: From Research to Action

    This report supports efforts by the engineering community to communicate more effectively about the profession and those who practice it. It builds on the 2008 NAE publication Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering (CTC), which presented the results ... Read More

    Author: National Academy of Engineering

    Release Date: June 21, 2013