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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.

  • ISBN978-0-309-49025-2
    Copyright2019
    The supercritical water oxidation system at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant near Richmond, Kentucky is a secondary waste processing reactor that is an important unit in the overall function of the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Pilot Program. This system is designed to reactively ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Army Science and Technology; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMay 14, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49236-2
    Copyright2019
    While the public is generally aware of the use of hydraulic fracturing for unconventional resource development onshore, it is less familiar with the well completion and stimulation technologies used in offshore operations, including hydraulic fracturing, gravel packs, “fracpacks,” and ...
    Authoring institutionRoundtable on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Development; Board on Earth Sciences and Resources; Water Science and Technology Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMay 8, 2019
  • Logo Institute
    ISBN978-0-309-49273-7
    Copyright2019
    In the last 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 to (a) explore ways the societies can help better align engineering education with the needs of industry; (b) provide an ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateMay 7, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48653-8
    Copyright2019
    On June 27-28, 2018, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) convened an international workshop in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on developing norms for the provision of laboratories in low-resource contexts. The U.S. Department of State's ...
    Authoring institutionPolicy and Global Affairs; Board on Life Sciences; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMay 1, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48961-4
    Copyright2019
    Flooding is the natural hazard with the greatest economic and social impact in the United States, and these impacts are becoming more severe over time. Catastrophic flooding from recent hurricanes, including Superstorm Sandy in New York (2012) and Hurricane Harvey in Houston (2017), caused ...
    Authoring institutionPolicy and Global Affairs; Water Science and Technology Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMarch 29, 2019
  • 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
  • ISBN978-0-309-49037-5
    Copyright2019
    The congressionally mandated report A New Foundation for the Nuclear Enterprise (the "Augustine-Mies" report), released in November 2014, concluded that "the existing governance structures and many of the practices of the [nuclear security] enterprise are inefficient and ...
    Authoring institutionLaboratory Assessments Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; National Academy of Public Administration
    Publication DateMarch 8, 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
  • ISBN978-0-309-48416-9
    Copyright2019
    Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. It is an inherently interdisciplinary field that encompasses astronomy, biology, geology, heliophysics, and planetary science, including complementary laboratory activities and field studies ...
    Authoring institutionSpace Studies Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 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
  • ISBN978-0-309-48909-6
    Copyright2019
    The emerging multidisciplinary field of regenerative engineering is devoted to the repair, regeneration, and replacement of damaged tissues or organs in the body. To accomplish this it uses a combination of principles and technologies from disciplines such as advanced materials science, ...
    Authoring institutionForum on Regenerative Medicine; Board on Health Sciences Policy; Health and Medicine Division; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2019
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