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.

Activity Type
  • Project 44
  • Program 2
  • Award 8
Areas of Interest
  • Competitiveness 4
  • Diversity 6
  • Education 25
  • Energy 4
  • Environment 5
  • Ethics 3
  • Healthcare 4
  • Honoring Engineers 8
  • Media and Journalism 1
  • Understanding Engineering 10
Project Status
  • In Progress 15
  • Completed 35
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  • 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 UpdateMarch 11, 2024

  • 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 UpdateMarch 11, 2024

  • Today’s Engineers Join NAE as we celebrate NAE members and other pioneering engineers who have broken through boundaries and risen above obstacles to become leaders. Their perseverance has enabled them to become engineering professionals whose contributions to their fields of ...

    Latest UpdateMarch 8, 2024

  • 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 6, 2024

  • The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, established in October 1999, is named after Fritz Russ, an esteemed engineer and founder of Systems Research Laboratories, and his wife Dolores Russ, a long-time supporter and benefactor of the engineering industry.

    Latest UpdateMarch 6, 2024

  • Completed
    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 UpdateFebruary 23, 2024

  • The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering
    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 UpdateDecember 20, 2023

  • In Progress
    The forum will explore both perennials and frontiers of complexity in health, security, democracy, urbanization, and infrastructure, research and education, the economy, transportation, the environment, modern work, and civic life. It will publish concise perspectives with ideas, insights, and ...

    Latest UpdateOctober 24, 2023

  • 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 16, 2023

  • 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 16, 2023

  • Completed
    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 UpdateOctober 13, 2023

  • Completed
    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 examined advanced manufacturing techniques for the defense industry and explored how undergraduate engineering capstone design courses can better incorporate advanced manufacturing. This project was 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 UpdateSeptember 13, 2023

  • 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 UpdateSeptember 13, 2023

  • NAE President’s Racial Justice and Equity Committee
    In Progress
    The Racial Justice and Equity (RJ&E) Committee, a presidential advisory committee created in 2020 by NAE president John L. Anderson, aims to support the NAE mission “to advance the welfare and prosperity of the nation” by addressing diversity in the NAE, the engineering profession, and the nation. The NAE strives to promote diverse perspectives and research in order to provide better-informed advice to the government and engineering community. To that end, the NAE is working to lead a cultural shift to help meet future workforce needs and design systems that benefit all segments of society. Our work involves collaborating with initiatives to address diversity in the engineering profession. Our goal is to contribute to the growth of equitable practices, improve access to engineering and elevate its value to society.

    Latest UpdateSeptember 13, 2023

  • 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 UpdateAugust 9, 2023

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