Engineering Around the World

Thu, July 29, 2021

The NAE celebrates its international connections through its 299 international members and through the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences—CAETS.

CAETS is an association of academies inaugurated by founding member academies from the United States, Australia, Mexico, Sweden and the United Kingdom in 1978 and at present includes academies from 31 countries. Ruth David, former NAE Foreign Secretary, is the CAETS Secretary-Treasurer, basically the Chief Operating Officer. CAETS meets yearly and provides a venue for academy leaders to consider global engineering issues. It was also the inspiration for NAE forging strong bilateral/trilateral connections with the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK and the Chinese Academy of Engineering in China. These connections led to the joint Global Grand Challenges Summits held in the UK in 2013, China in 2015, the US in 2017 and the UK again in 2019. More recently, the three academies have sponsored joint virtual symposia on ‘Engineering Innovations Empowering Recover from the Pandemic’, the most recent on July 23, 2021.

CAETS is an association of academies, so individuals are not eligible to join, but CAETS meetings do include a virtual Forum that is open to the public. The next meeting will be hosted by the Academia Nacional de Ingenieria of Argentina, September 17 to 24, 2021 and the theme will be ‘The Future of Energy—Engineering a Better World’. Interested individuals can sign up to join the Forum at the CAETS website.