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 86
  • Award 8
  • Program 4
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  • Competitiveness 8
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  • Education 51
  • Energy 7
  • Environment 10
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  • Healthcare 7
  • Honoring Engineers 11
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  • Understanding Engineering 16
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  • 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 UpdateOctober 22, 2020

  • Completed
    The goal of this three-year project is to provide guidance to key stakeholders in US K-12 education regarding effective engineering education. The stakeholders include organizations leading development and implementation of the NGSS (i.e., Achieve, Inc. and the National Science Teachers ...

    Latest UpdateOctober 16, 2020

  • In Progress
    All students should have the opportunity to study engineering, but despite long-standing calls to increase the numbers of women, African-Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hispanics of any race, students from low-income families, and other underrepresented groups in undergraduate ...

    Latest UpdateOctober 12, 2020

  • Completed
    Addressing Issues CEES activities address ethically significant issues that arise in engineering and scientific research, education, and practice. These issues arise for individual engineers and scientists as well as for social organizations and institutions. CEES projects engage a wide ...

    Latest UpdateOctober 8, 2020

  • 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 7, 2020

  • 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 7, 2020

  • Completed
    Transformational changes are occurring in US-based manufacturing, design, and innovation . US manufacturing employment has significantly changed due to increasing globalization, industry restructuring, and automation of the factory floor. At the same time, innovations in technologies and business ...

    Latest UpdateJuly 8, 2020

  • 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 UpdateMarch 10, 2020

  • Completed
    This 18-month project, overseen by the National Academy of Engineering in partnership with the Board on Science Education , will conduct extensive data gathering to better understand the current and anticipated future needs for engineering-literate PreK-12 educators in the United States and how ...

    Latest UpdateFebruary 19, 2020

  • 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 UpdateFebruary 5, 2020

  • In Progress
    The National Academy of Engineering, in conjunction with the Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) will establish a Roundtable on Linking Academic Engineering Research and Defense Basic Science. The roundtable ...

    Latest UpdateJanuary 17, 2020

  • In Progress
    Motivated by the National Academy of Engineering’s  14 Grand Challenges for Engineering  and increasing calls for a new engineering education paradigm, Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, and the University of Southern ...

    Latest UpdateNovember 25, 2019

  • Awarded for outstanding contributions in the field of naval architecture and marine engineering. Established through the Gibbs Brothers Fund by gift of William Francis Gibbs and Frederic H. Gibbs.

    Latest UpdateSeptember 27, 2019

  • Completed
    Concerned about the challenges facing US manufacturing--and excited about the prospect of dramatic change in this sector--the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) undertook a study to identify best practices along the manufacturing value chain and to recommend public- and private-sector actions to make the United States an effective environment for value creation. The NAE was joined in supporting this study by Gordon E. Moore, Robert A. Pritzker and the Robert Pritzker Family Foundation, Jonathan J. Rubinstein, Edward Horton, and by a number of US companies--Boeing, Cummins, IBM, Qualcomm, Rockwell Collins, and Xerox.

    Latest UpdateJuly 25, 2019

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