• Radka Z. Nebesky
    Director of Development
    National Academy of Engineering
  • Stephanie Halperin
    Associate Director of Development
    National Academy of Engineering

Campaign for the NAE

Leadership in a World of Accelerating Change

The world is changing at a pace that challenges understanding and adaptation. The mission of the NAE is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. The nation needs a vibrant NAE with resources to fulfill its role - this campaign addresses that requirement. To ensure the future, to address problems before they are insurmountable, to anticipate unintended consequences of technological changes, it is critical to engage now. 

Empowering the NAE

The nation and world depend on the expertise of the NAE to provide trusted advice on engineering, technology, and policy. Your support is critical to us meeting that charge, and empowers our work. 

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EngineerGirl brings national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. Why girls and women? Because despite an increase in female participation in many traditionally male-dominated professions such as medicine and law, women remain grossly under-represented in engineering. Engineering and engineers are central to the process of innovation, and innovation drives economic growth. Diversity of thought is crucial to creativity, and by leaving women out of the process of innovation we lose a key component of diversity and stifle innovation. We want the creative problem-solvers of tomorrow to fully represent the world's population, because they will be the ones to ensure our health, happiness, and safety in years to come. Learn more. 

The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering

The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering brings together a select group of emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. The goal of the meetings is to introduce these outstanding early career engineers to each other, and through this interaction facilitate collaboration in engineering, the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields, and establishment of contacts among the next generation of engineering leaders. Learn more. 

Practices for Engineering Education and Research (PEER)

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, contextual influences on that system, and how elements of the system affect each other. PEER will bring together researchers and practitioners in engineering education and publish analyses to guide change.

Cultural, Ethical, Social, and Environmental Responsibility in Engineering (CESER)

CESER will help expand the understanding of how cultural, ethical, social circumstances, and the natural and constructed environment affect the practice of engineering. It will promote consideration of these elements through its studies and workshops and engagement with engineers, educators, industry leaders, professional societies, government entities, and the public.

Inclusive, Diverse, and Equitable Engineering for All (IDEEA)

IDEEA will conduct outreach programs designed to encourage youth, their families, and the educational community to explore and engage with engineering. Opportunities will be designed to support equitable and inclusive involvement in engineering and, among other programs, will include EngineerGirl—an internationally recognized NAE outreach effort, now in its 20th year, that engages middle- and high-school girls in learning about the exciting opportunities of engineering and introducing them to inspiring role models.

Forum on Complex Unifiable Systems (FOCUS)

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, 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 topical commentaries to guide executive decision making.

The Committee on Human Rights (CHR)

The Committee on Human Rights, created in 1976, is a standing membership committee of the United States National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and National Academy of Medicine (NAM), institutions composed of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists, engineers, physicians, and researchers. The CHR serves as a bridge between the human rights and scientific communities, in recognition of the importance of rights protection for scientific inquiry and the realization of human dignity worldwide. Learn more.

If you would like to learn more about how you can make an investment in the NAE and get involved in the campaign, contact Radka Z. Nebesky, Director of Development or Stephanie Halperin, Associate Director of Development.