Engineering Sections

The National Academy of Engineering is organized in twelve sections representing broad engineering categories; the names and scopes of these sections are below. Members are required to select a primary section affiliation, and may also choose a secondary affiliation.

  • image for Section 01 - Aerospace
    Engineering of aeronautical, astronautical, and space systems. Includes disciplines of vehicle design/manufacturing, system engineering, propulsion, aerodynamics, astrodynamics, aeroelasticity, aeroacoustics, structural dynamics, guidance, navigation, controls, avionics, air-traffic control, human interaction, and also education, management, and the use of aerospace engineering techniques in other environments.
  • image for Section 02 - Bioengineering
    Engineering applied to biological or medical systems.
  • image for Section 03 - Chemical
    Chemical engineering is a field dedicated to the engineering of chemical systems applying principles from underlying sciences (e.g., chemistry, biology, materials science, and applied physics) and systems engineering (e.g., applied mathematics, operations research, computer science). Its scale ranges from molecules and microsystems through macroscopic systems, such as industrial plants, to the scale of ecosystems. Its scope involves education, research, development, design, scale-up, and manufacturing of chemicals, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, bio-based materials, and the design and operation of energy conversion systems.
  • image for Section 04 - Civil
    Planning, research, design, construction, operation, management, and education related to facilities and systems that require environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, construction materials, water resources, coastal, or ocean engineering..
  • image for Section 05 - Computer Science & Engineering
    Computer, computational, communication, and information science and engineering, including related interdisciplinary and emerging fields.
  • image for Section 06 - Electric Power/Energy Systems
    Electric power and energy systems engineering and related applied sciences, including the safety, efficiency, reliability, environmental interaction, education, infrastructure, and management associated with the effective utilization of energy and energy resources for the generation, storage, transmission, distribution, and conversion of electric energy and power.
  • image for Section 07 - Electronics, Communication & Information Systems
    Devices (electronic and photonic); electronic materials and processing; magnetics; applied physics; circuit theory; control systems and theory; communication systems and theory; signal processing systems and theory; radiation, propagation, and antennas.
  • image for Section 08 - Industrial, Manufacturing & Operational Systems
    Development and use of engineering and analytical methods to describe, analyze, plan, design, manage, and integrate the operations of systems and enterprises that provide services or produce goods for society.
  • image for Section 09 - Materials
    The production, processing, structure and property relationships, and life-cycle performance of materials of engineering significance.
  • image for Section 10 - Mechanical
    Design, analysis, manufacturing and control of solid, thermal and fluid mechanical systems (including optoelectrical-mechanical machines, materials, structures, and micro and nano scale devices); heat transfer, combustion and other energy conversion processes; solid mechanics (including fracture mechanics); fluid mechanics, biomechanics and tribology; and management and education associated with the above areas.
  • image for Section 11 - Earth Resources
    Engineering applied to the discovery, development and environmentally responsible production of subsurface earth resources.
  • image for Section 12 - Special Fields & Interdisciplinary
    Special fields, including acoustics, agricultural engineering, atmospheric sciences, hydrology, military engineering, ocean engineering, systems engineering and economics, education, law, management, and newly emerging areas related to engineering; interdisciplinary engineering representing substantial work cutting across several fields.