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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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  • Provides details on the scope and depth of NAE work performed in 2019. 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.

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    ISBN978-0-309-27689-4
    Copyright2022
    At the forum held during the 2021 annual meeting of the National Academy of Engineering, distinguished engineers gathered virtually to explore the roles that engineers can play in both mitigating and helping society adapt to climate change. Through a series of brief presentations and responses to ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateFebruary 9, 2022
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    ISBN978-0-309-26328-3
    Copyright2022
    Overwhelming evidence exists that exposure to outdoor fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is associated with a range of short-term and chronic health impacts, including asthma exacerbation, acute and chronic bronchitis, heart attacks, increased susceptibility to respiratory infections, and premature ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Health and Medicine Division; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; National Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2022
  • ISBN978-0-309-28708-1
    Copyright2022
    Over the past century, the work of chemical engineers has helped transform societies and the lives of individuals, from the synthetic fertilizers that helped feed the world to the development of novel materials used in fuels, electronics, medical devices, and other products. Chemical engineers' ...
    Authoring institutionDivision on Earth and Life Studies; National Academy of Engineering; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2022
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    ISBN978-0-309-08602-8
    Copyright2021
    This is the 23rd 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 ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering, Volume 23
    Publication DateSeptember 3, 2021
  • ISBN978-0-309-37206-0
    Copyright2021
    The 2020 Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Engineering took place under the most unusual circumstances in the Academy's 56-year history. In January 2020 the first few cases of a respiratory illness caused by a newly identified coronavirus were reported in the United States. By March, ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateMarch 23, 2021
  • ISBN978-0-309-68561-0
    Copyright2021
    NASA created the University Leadership Initiative (ULI) to engage creative and innovative minds in the academic arena to identify significant aeronautics and aviation research challenges and define their unique approach to their solution. The ULI was started in 2015 as part of the larger ...
    Authoring institutionAeronautics and Space Engineering Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateFebruary 8, 2021
  • ISBN978-0-309-26837-0
    Copyright2021
    The spring of 2020 marked a change in how almost everyone conducted their personal and professional lives, both within science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) and beyond. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted global scientific conferences and individual laboratories and ...
    Authoring institutionCommittee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine; Policy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2021
  • ISBN978-0-309-67880-3
    Copyright2020
    This report summarizes the 2019 findings of the Panel on Review of Extramural Basic Research at the Army Research Laboratory, which reviewed the programs at the Army Research Office’s Physical Sciences Directorate.
    Authoring institutionPanel on Review of Extramural Basic Research at the Army Research Laboratory; Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board; Laboratory Assessments Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJuly 17, 2020
  • ISBN978-0-309-67812-4
    Copyright2020
    Modern software engineering practices, pioneered by the commercial software community, have begun transforming Department of Defense (DoD) software development, integration processes, and deployment cycles. DoD must further adopt and adapt these practices across the full defense software life ...
    Authoring institutionAir Force Studies Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJuly 9, 2020
  • Copyright2020
    Provides details on the scope and depth of NAE work performed in 2019. 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 ...
    Authoring institutionNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING
    Publication DateJuly 7, 2020
  • ISBN978-0-309-67721-9
    Copyright2020
    In November 2018, National Academy of Sciences (NAS) President Marcia McNutt visited China for the first time in her official role. As part of this visit, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) program and the Chinese ...
    Authoring institutionPolicy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJune 4, 2020
  • ISBN978-0-309-67182-8
    Copyright2020
    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine was asked to articulate a 5-year strategic vision for international health security programs and provide findings and recommendations on how to optimize the impact of the Department of Defense (DOD) Biological Threat Reduction Program ...
    Authoring institutionCommittee on International Security and Arms Control; Policy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateApril 14, 2020
  • ISBN978-0-309-67597-0
    Copyright2020
    Advances in electrochemistry are enabling new developments in energy storage, energy conversion, catalysis, synthesis, separations, and instrumentation. The workshop Advances, Challenges, and Long-Term Opportunities in Electrochemistry: Addressing Societal Needs, held in Washington, DC, on ...
    Authoring institutionChemical Sciences Roundtable; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateApril 3, 2020
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    ISBN978-0-309-67244-3
    Copyright2020
    Human Spaceflight: Apollo 50 Years On summarizes the 2019 National Academies of Engineering Annual Meeting plenary presentations and forum. The Annual Meeting celebrated not only the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission but human spaceflight in general, from the first ventures beyond ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateMarch 3, 2020
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    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
  • ISBN978-0-309-67465-2
    Copyright2020
    Global advances in medicine, food, water, energy, microelectronics, communications, defense, and other important sectors of the economy are increasingly driven by discoveries in nanoscience and the development of nanotechnologies. Engaging the nanoscience and technology community in the crafting ...
    Authoring institutionNational Materials and Manufacturing Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2020
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