The Bridge

The Bridge publishes opinion and analysis on engineering research, education, and practice; science and technology policy; and the roles of engineering and technology in society. The intent is to stimulate debate and dialogue within the NAE membership and the broader outside community of policymakers, educators, business leaders and other interested citizens.

The Bridge relies on its editor, NAE members, and staff to identify potential topics. Invited guest editors, who have expertise in a given issue’s theme, are asked to select authors and topics and to enlist colleagues to assess (in aggregate) the articles for publication. The Bridge has a quarterly distribution of approximately 7,000, including NAE members, members of Congress, libraries, universities, and interested individuals. 

Effective with the spring 2018 issue, The Bridge will be delivered electronically to overseas recipients, or you may choose to download the issue in PDF format at This will ensure timely receipt of each issue and reduce the number of undeliverable dispatches. If you wish electronic delivery, please send your email address to Penelope Gibbs (

For more information about The Bridge or to obtain a print copy, please contact Penelope Gibbs at 202-334-1579 or