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Studies and programs related to engineering and technology cut across the many operational units of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 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.

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NAE Annual Report
  • Provides details on the scope and depth of NAE work performed in 2016. These activities have been conceived and executed to pursue our goal of providing objective, independent advice to the federal government and the engineering community and to proactively promote the technological welfare of the nation.

  • ISBN978-0-309-49123-5
    Copyright2019
    In recent decades, important gains have been made with respect to the participation of women in science, technology, engineering, and medical (STEM) disciplines at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the United States. More women than ever are joining faculty ranks in these fields and moving ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Higher Education and Workforce; Policy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMarch 29, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48771-9
    Copyright2019
    This study originated with congressionally directed language from the House Permanent Select Committee for Intelligence (HPSCI) in 2016 and titled “Acquisition Strategies for Future Space Based Optics”. This publication is an unclassified summary of the classified report.
    Authoring institutionAir Force Studies Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateFebruary 26, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48991-1
    Copyright2019
    The innovation environment of the 21st century is characterized by disruption, accelerated technology development, and globalized access to information, which is a dramatic shift from the largely government-controlled Cold War innovation environment of the previous century. The shift from an ...
    Authoring institutionGovernment-University-Industry Research Roundtable; Policy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateFebruary 19, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48929-4
    Copyright2019
    On December 11, 2017, President Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive-1 (SPD-1). The new directive replaced original text in the National Space Policy of the United States of America and instructed the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to "lead the ...
    Authoring institutionSpace Studies Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateFebruary 7, 2019
  • Logo Institute
    ISBN978-0-309-48750-4
    Copyright2019
    This volume presents papers on the topics covered at the National Academy of Engineering's 2018 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Every year the symposium brings together 100 outstanding young leaders in engineering to share their cutting-edge research and innovations in selected areas. The ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateJanuary 28, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48715-3
    Copyright2019
    Climate assessment activities are increasingly driven by subnational organizations—city, county, and state governments; utilities and private companies; and stakeholder groups and engaged publics—trying to better serve their constituents, customers, and members by understanding and ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Energy and Environmental Systems; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 11, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48288-2
    Copyright2019
    The American chestnut, whitebark pine, and several species of ash in the eastern United States are just a few of the North American tree species that have been functionally lost or are in jeopardy of being lost due to outbreaks of pathogens and insect pests. New pressures in this century are ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48781-8
    Copyright2019
    On July 30-31, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop titled Continuous Manufacturing for the Modernization of Pharmaceutical Production. This workshop discussed the business and regulatory concerns associated with adopting continuous manufacturing ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Chemical Sciences and Technology; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48829-7
    Copyright2019
    Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have traditionally served as the gold standard for generating evidence about medical interventions. However, RCTs have inherent limitations and may not reflect the use of medical products in the real world. Additionally, RCTs are expensive, time consuming, and ...
    Authoring institutionForum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation; Board on Health Sciences Policy; Health and Medicine Division; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48387-2
    Copyright2019
    Modern materials science builds on knowledge from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer and data science, and engineering sciences to enable us to understand, control, and expand the material world. Although it is anchored in inquiry-based fundamental science, materials research is ...
    Authoring institutionNational Materials and Manufacturing Board; Board on Physics and Astronomy; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48775-7
    Copyright2019
    The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017 contained a request for a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine review and assessment of science and technology development efforts within the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM). ...
    Authoring institutionNuclear and Radiation Studies Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48972-0
    Copyright2019
    The frequency and severity of disasters over the last few decades have presented unprecedented challenges for communities across the United States. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina exposed the complexity and breadth of a deadly combination of existing community stressors, aging infrastructure, and a ...
    Authoring institutionPolicy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2019
  • Logo Institute
    ISBN978-0-309-48708-5
    Copyright2018
    As part of a series of workshops on the role of engineering societies in engineering education in the United States, the National Academy of Engineering held a workshop titled “Engineering Societies’ Activities in Promoting Diversity and Inclusion” on June 4, 2018. The goals were ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateDecember 11, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-48551-7
    Copyright2018
    At the request of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has, since 1959 annually assembled panels of experts from academia, industry, medicine, and other scientific and engineering environments to assess the quality ...
    Authoring institutionLaboratory Assessments Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateNovember 30, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-48545-6
    Copyright2018
    An Assessment of Four Divisions of the Physical Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology: Fiscal Year 2018 assesses the scientific and technical work performed by four divisions of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Physical Measurement ...
    Authoring institutionLaboratory Assessments Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateOctober 31, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-48571-5
    Copyright2018
    The past decade has seen advancements in methods for measuring environmental exposures in biological specimens, such as blood or tissue. Chemicals can now be measured more accurately and with smaller volumes of specimens. Biorepositories that store many biospecimens are maintained by the ...
    Authoring institutionDivision on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateOctober 19, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-48235-6
    Copyright2018
    Geologic carbon capture and sequestration encompasses approaches for relatively permanent storage of carbon in the Earth's geologic formations. Carbon dioxide (CO2) that has been captured from flue gas or other waste streams as pressurized fluids can be trapped geologically through ...
    Authoring institutionDivision on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateSeptember 5, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-47740-6
    Copyright2018
    Reliable, affordable, and technically recoverable energy is central to the nation's economic and social vitality. The United States is both a major consumer of geologically based energy resources from around the world and - increasingly of late - a developer of its own energy resources. ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Earth Sciences and Resources; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateAugust 29, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-48287-5
    Copyright2018
    The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop on March 12-14, 2018 at the behest of the U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff. The goal of the workshop was to address the challenge of innovation adoption within the organization with a focus on understanding how ...
    Authoring institutionAir Force Studies Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateAugust 24, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-48234-9
    Copyright2018
    The Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program was created by the United States after the dissolution of the Soviet Union to provide financial assistance and technical expertise to secure or eliminate nuclear weapons delivery systems; warheads, chemical weapons materials, biological weapons ...
    Authoring institutionPolicy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateAugust 14, 2018
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