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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 2018. 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.

  • Logo Institute
    ISBN978-0-309-49942-2
    Copyright2020
    Engineering education is emerging as an important component of US K-12 education. Across the country, students in classrooms and after- and out-of-school programs are participating in hands-on, problem-focused learning activities using the engineering design process. These experiences can be ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering; Board on Science Education; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateFebruary 13, 2020
  • ISBN978-0-309-67260-3
    Copyright2020
    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop of subject-matter experts on September 16, 2019, to gather information that will improve understanding of the science and technology (S&T) issues and opportunities in signature management for future U.S. Army ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Army Research and Development; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 29, 2020
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    ISBN978-0-309-49981-1
    Copyright2020
    This volume of Frontiers of Engineering presents papers on the topics covered at the National Academy of Engineering’s 2019 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, hosted by Boeing in North Charleston, South Carolina, September 25-27. At the annual 2 1/2-day event, 100 of this country's ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateJanuary 28, 2020
  • ISBN978-0-309-49932-3
    Copyright2020
    This report evaluates the In-House Laboratory Independent Research (ILIR) conducted at the Research, Development, and Engineering Centers (RDECs) of the U.S. Army’s Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) during 2018. It reviews and offers recommendations for each of the ...
    Authoring institutionArmy Research Program Review and Analysis Committee; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 23, 2020
  • ISBN978-0-309-67031-9
    Copyright2020
    Plastics are used in various industries to produce lightweight, corrosion-resistant, durable materials, but many of the characteristics that make them valuable also make them environmentally unfriendly. Although some plastics can be recycled, the vast majority are simply discarded. The rapid ...
    Authoring institutionChemical Sciences Roundtable; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 7, 2020
  • ISBN978-0-309-66422-6
    Copyright2020
    Leadership in gas turbine technologies is of continuing importance as the value of gas turbine production is projected to grow substantially by 2030 and beyond. Power generation, aviation, and the oil and gas industries rely on advanced technologies for gas turbines. Market trends including world ...
    Authoring institutionAeronautics and Space Engineering Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2020
  • ISBN978-0-309-49900-2
    Copyright2020
    Teachers play a critical role in the success of their students, both academically and in regard to long term outcomes such as higher education participation and economic attainment. Expectations for teachers are increasing due to changing learning standards and a rapidly diversifying student ...
    Authoring institution Board on Higher Education and Workforce; Policy and Global Affairs; Board on Science Education; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2020
  • ISBN978-0-309-49821-0
    Copyright2020
    Careers in science, engineering, and medicine offer opportunities to advance knowledge, contribute to the well-being of communities, and support the security, prosperity, and health of the United States. But many women do not pursue or persist in these careers, or advance to leadership positions - ...
    Authoring institutionCommittee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine; Policy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2020
  • ISBN978-0-309-49964-4
    Copyright2019
    Water of appropriate quantity and quality is essential for drinking, sanitation, and food, energy, and industrial production for any society and is derived for most needs from surface- or groundwater sources. Studies suggest that groundwater use in irrigation globally is increasing in total ...
    Authoring institutionWater Science and Technology Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateDecember 13, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49896-8
    Copyright2019
    An Assessment of the Communications Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology: Fiscal Year 2019 is an independent technical assessment of the quality of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST's) Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL). It ...
    Authoring institutionPanel on Review of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Communications Technology Laboratory; Laboratory Assessments Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateDecember 3, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49881-4
    Copyright2019
    Emissions associated with oil and gas exploration, development, and production on the Gulf waters can result in increased levels of air pollutants that contribute to a range of air quality impacts in the Gulf of Mexico Region (GOMR). “Criteria air pollutants”, such as carbon monoxide, ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateNovember 22, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49476-2
    Copyright2019
    Recent advancements in quantum-enabled systems present a variety of new opportunities and challenges. These technologies are important developments for a variety of computing, communications, and sensing applications. However, many materials and components relevant to quantum-enabled systems exist ...
    Authoring institutionNational Materials and Manufacturing Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateNovember 15, 2019
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    ISBN 978-0-309-49640-7
    Copyright2019
    This is the 22nd Volume in the series Memorial Tributes compiled by the National Academy of Engineering as a personal remembrance of the lives and outstanding achievements of its members and international members. These volumes are intended to stand as an enduring record of the many ...
    Publication DateOctober 18, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49885-2
    Copyright2019
    The U.S. Navy has many unique naval engineering needs that demand a highly capable and robust U.S. naval engineering enterprise. In seeking an independent review of the unclassified elements of its National Naval Responsibilities—Naval Engineering (NNR-NE) program, the Office of Naval ...
    Authoring institutionPolicy Studies; Transportation Research Board; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateOctober 10, 2019
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    ISBN978-0-309-49752-7
    Copyright2019
    New technologies and capabilities, such as Google Cloud and artificial intelligence, are changing the world at an unprecedented rate. A transition to cloud computing offers a variety of benefits, including worldwide access and faster networks. This digital transformation also presents an array of ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateOctober 3, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49411-3
    Copyright2019
    On January 30-31, 2019 the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics, in collaboration with the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems and the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, convened a workshop in Washington, D.C. to explore the frontiers of mathematics and data science needs ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics; Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics; Board on Energy and Environmental Systems; Computer Science and Telecommunications Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateSeptember 24, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49042-9
    Copyright2019
    On December 3-5, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop in Washington, D.C., on U.S. Air Force (USAF) sustainment planning early in the development life cycle. This workshop was conducted as part of a broader study on addressing challenges and ...
    Authoring institutionAir Force Studies Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateSeptember 13, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49634-6
    Copyright2019
    Throughout much of human history, space was thought to be a void in which only ions or radicals existed. It was only in the last half of the 20th century that scientists began to discover the existence of molecules, such as ammonia, in space. Discovery has accelerated in the last decade with the ...
    Authoring institutionChemical Sciences Roundtable; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateSeptember 12, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49721-3
    Copyright2019
    U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) ship stability regulations governing the ability of a vessel to return to an upright position after being disturbed is the focus of a new TRB publication, Review and Update of U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Stability Regulations and Guidance. The authors advise the USCG on how ...
    Authoring institutionMarine Board; Policy Studies; Transportation Research Board; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateSeptember 10, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49676-6
    Copyright2019
    On May 24, 2019 the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, in partnership with the Royal Society, held a symposium entitled Artificial Intelligence: An International Dialogue in Washington, DC. The symposium addressed if and how artificial intelligence (AI) would benefit from ...
    Authoring institutionPolicy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateSeptember 4, 2019
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