Activities, Projects & Initiatives

The National Academy of Engineering is tasked with identifying and illuminating issues at the intersections of engineering, technology, and society that impact our quality of life. Studies, symposia, and public information activities are carried out both independently by the NAE Program Office and jointly with other units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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  • Project 51
  • Program 2
  • Award 8
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  • Diversity 10
  • Education 28
  • Energy 5
  • Environment 7
  • Ethics 3
  • Healthcare 5
  • Honoring Engineers 10
  • Media and Journalism 1
  • Understanding Engineering 10
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  • NAE President’s Racial Justice and Equity Committee
    In Progress
    Created by NAE President John Anderson as a presidential advisory committee, the Racial Justice and Equity Committee will advise him and the NAE Council on ways that the engineering community and the NAE can address issues related to racial injustice and inequity.

    Latest UpdateAugust 17, 2022

  • In Progress
    Despite calls to increase diversity throughout the engineering education enterprise and years of efforts by universities, K-12 schools, education-related organizations such as professional societies, and collaborations among those organizations, it remains true that Blacks/African-Americans, ...

    Latest UpdateAugust 3, 2022

  • In Progress
    The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) seeks to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession.  To broaden participation in societal decision making around issues of technology, generate more creative solutions to problems, and promote a more ...

    Latest UpdateJune 30, 2022

  • It is a goal of the National Academy of Engineering to honor those who have contributed to the advancement of engineering and to improve public understanding of the importance of engineering and technology.

    Latest UpdateJune 17, 2022

  • The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering symposia bring together emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading-edge research.

    Latest UpdateMay 23, 2022

  • In Progress
    The Forum on Complex Unifiable Systems (FOCUS) is a multistakeholder initiative to advance understanding of complex technical and social systems and to identify unifiable approaches to better manage them. The forum will explore both perennials and frontiers of complexity in health, security, ...

    Latest UpdateApril 25, 2022

  • Completed
    Series of global summits for leading scientists and engineers, educators, policy leaders, students, and the public to address grand challenges.

    Latest UpdateApril 25, 2022

  • In Progress
    Practices for Engineering Education and Research (PEER) will conduct studies, workshops, and other activities focused on equitable and inclusive engineering education and related research at the precollege and higher education levels. This program will consider the entire educational system, ...

    Latest UpdateDecember 16, 2021

  • Awarded for outstanding contributions in the field of naval architecture and marine engineering.

    Latest UpdateOctober 27, 2021

  • The Founders Award was established in 1965 by the Academy to honor an outstanding NAE member or international member who has upheld the ideals and principles of the NAE through professional, educational, and personal achievement and accomplishment.

    Latest UpdateOctober 19, 2021

  • Established in 1982, the Arthur M. Bueche (Bee' - kuh) Award honors an engineer who has shown dedication in science and technology, as well as active involvement in determining U.S. science and technology policy, promoting technological development, and contributing to the enhancement of the relationship between industries, government, and universities.

    Latest UpdateOctober 13, 2021

  • In Progress
    EngineerGirl is the NAE's primary outreach program to support girls and help them understand the opportunities available to them in engineering.

    Latest UpdateAugust 3, 2021

  • In Progress
    Innovations in advanced manufacturing play a critical role in supporting the U.S. economy and national security, and it is important to prepare future engineers to contribute towards the next generation of manufacturing technologies. This study and workshop will examine advanced manufacturing techniques for the defense industry and explore how undergraduate engineering capstone design courses can better incorporate advanced manufacturing. This project is organized by the National Academy of Engineering in collaboration with the National Materials and Manufacturing Board (NMMB) in the Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS).

    Latest UpdateJuly 30, 2021

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