Activities Overview

The National Academy of Engineering is tasked with identifying and illuminating issues at the intersections of engineering, technology, and society that impact our quality of life. Studies, symposia, and public information activities are carried out both independently by the NAE Program Office and jointly with other units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Featured Projects
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    A key component of the National Academy of Engineering’s diversity program is the EngineerGirl Website (—a website that addresses the gender gap in engineering.
  • image for NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering
    The NAE convened a select, international committee to evaluate ideas on the greatest challenges and opportunities for engineering. The grand challenges for engineering are presented and described in the project website at http://www.
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    The goal of this three-year project is to provide guidance to key stakeholders in US K-12 education regarding effective engineering education.
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    Globalization, developments in technology, and new business models are transforming the way products and services are conceived, designed, made, and distributed. In response, the Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation Initiative was launched to examine the challenges and opportunities presented by these shifts and highlight the transformation in manufacturing from making things to making value. The Initiative consist of a multi-year portfolio of activities—including workshops, symposia, and consensus studies.
Awards At-a-Glance

The National Academy of Engineering hosts fellows through the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program administered by the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Fellows have worked with their mentors on projects related to engineering
education, energy, environment, ethics, technology and peace, media relations, public understanding of engineering,
and engineering and healthcare. Learn more about NAE Fellowships and how to apply.

The NAE may accept fellows in the areas of: