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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  • 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

  • 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 UpdateSeptember 24, 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

  • 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 UpdateJuly 7, 2021

  • 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 UpdateJune 10, 2021

  • Completed
    NAE Transitions the Management of LinkEngineering to the ITEEA 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 ...

    Latest UpdateApril 20, 2021

  • 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

  • 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

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