Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions about all areas of the National Academy of Engineering.

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PostedThursday, July 29, 2010

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    How do I elect or nominate a member? I have trouble submit a nomination. Can someone help?
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    Please visit to the Becoming a Member page. If you are an NAE member having trouble nominating you can contact the membership office on 202-334-2198.

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    Are there annual dues?
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    Yes, NAE's elected membership pays dues. Please contact the membership office on 202-334-2198 for further details.

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    Does the NAE have any policy documents on research ethics or research integrity? Is it possible for a member of the NAE to be expelled or withdrawal from the membership qualifications ?the relevant website link is appreciated
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    The NAE has no provisions for expulsion of a member. As an organization, we don’t have policy positions on research ethics or research integrity. To read more about ethics in engineering please visit the Online Ethics Center http://www.onlineethics.org/.

     

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    Do you have any NAE ties or cufflinks, gifts that could be purchased? Thank you!
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    For NAE logo items call 202-334-2264.

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    Are there are some think tank supporting reports or policies for NAE? What are they?
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    The findings and recommendations of NAE reports are occasionally picked up or cited by policy experts based at various think tanks. And occasionally someone at a think tank, an engineering professional society or in Congress or a federal agency will publicly call for the National Academies, the NRC, or the NAE specifically to undertake a study of a particular issue or topic. However, the National Academies and the NAE are independent, i.e., without formal ties to any outside think tanks, companies or govt. agencies.

     

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    Is there an Ethics Committee in the NAE?
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    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has several groups and units that have ethics responsibility – for instance, the Institutional Review Board for research activities that involve human subjects, the oversight group that handles research integrity education requirements, and the counsel’s office for more general queries. The Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society (CEES) at the NAE works to engage engineers in research, education, and policy-related activities in which ethical issues arise. You can see the current list of CEES projects at www.onlineethics.org. CEES and its dissemination arm, the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Research (OEC) have advisory groups made up of persons with credentials in the fields of engineering, ethics, and society; you can find their names in the “About” section of the OEC.

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    Hello, I am interested in working for the NAE. How would I go about seeing any potential employment opportunities?
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    Please visit the Careers page for information about working at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/careers/.

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    How can I be involved in the research that NAE does through a potential internship?
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    The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is a great way to get involved in programs at the National Academies. The program is designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, and law students in the analysis and creation of science and technology policy and to familiarize them with the interactions of science, technology, and government. A full list of fellowship opportunities can be found on the Fellowships Page.

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    What is the mission of the NAE?
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    The mission of the National Academy of Engineering 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.

     

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    How do I change my mailing address?
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    Contact the membership office on naemembe@nae.edu or (202) 334-2198.

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    What is engineering and what do engineers do?
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    Engineering has been defined in many ways. It is often referred to as the "application of science" because engineers take abstract ideas and build tangible products from them. Another definition is "design under constraint," because to "engineer" a product means to construct it in such a way that it will do exactly what you want it to, without any unexpected consequences.

    Engineers are men and women who create new products. It is estimated that there are over 2 million practicing engineers in the United States. They work in fields such as biomedicine, energy, automotive, aerospace, computers, and many others that require people to create products that didn't exist before.

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    Is the NAE a government organization?
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    No, the NAE is not an agency of the federal government. It is a private, independent, nonprofit institution. The NAE advises the federal government and also conducts its own independent studies that examine important topics in engineering and technology.

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    Does the NAE offer grants?
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    No, the NAE is not a grant-making institution.

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    Does the NAE do research?
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    The NAE provides advisory services to the federal government, primarily through studies and projects executed by the National Research Council (NRC). In a typical year, more than 900 NRC study committees are in operation.

    In addition to NRC activities, the NAE also conducts an independent study program using its own funds. In these studies the NAE addresses important topics in engineering and technology that have significant economic and social implications. In recent years the work of the NAE has focused on establishing a balance between economic growth and environmental protection; ensuring national prosperity in era of global economic and technological interdependence; and supporting an education system that can provide both a literate, well-trained workforce.

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    How do you become a member of the NAE?
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    Members are elected to NAE membership by their peers (current NAE members). Election to membership is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. Members have distinguished themselves in business and academic management, in technical positions, as university faculty, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations.

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    How is the NAE related to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)?
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    The NAE was established in 1964 as an independent, nonprofit organization. It operates under the same congressional act of incorporation, signed by President Lincoln in 1863, that established the NAS.  The NAE provides advisory services to the federal government through the National Research Council (NRC), the operating arm of the two academies. The NRC is managed by a governing board -- the president of the NAS serves as its chair, and the president of the NAE serves as its vice-chair.