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Private support enhances our capacity to be a public voice for engineering.
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.
The nation depends on the expertise of NAE members to provide trusted advice on engineering, technology and policy. However, the NAE is too thinly capitalized to fulfill its core mission and has little capacity to respond to “big ideas” or unexpected crises. Building endowments that strengthen the infrastructure of the NAE and support the advising mission of the Academy will be front and center in this campaign.
Girls need encouragement at an early age to consider engineering—middle school is a turning point. The EngineerGirl program provides information to middle school–age girls and their mentors about engineering fields and careers through a website that receives about 50,000 monthly hits by schools and individuals. Learn more.
In the 21st century, the engineering workforce must be prepared for the special demands of global engineering practice to be employable and successful. The Grand Challenges Scholars Program supplements any engineering curriculum by preparing students to engage in any global, socially conscious engineering initiative, including the NAE’s Grand Challenges. Learn more.
The FOE program is the profession’s premier networking opportunity for engineering leaders of tomorrow. It provides outstanding early-career engineers with a sense of community and pride in the creative accomplishments of their fellow engineers. Learn more.
Engineering and technology create jobs and wealth and serve people and society; it is critical that these all occur ethically. Ethical challenges will increase as engineers tackle international and socially complex problems. Ethical practice is necessary to ensure both the integrity of the profession and public trust in engineers and engineering. 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 Lauren Bartolozzi, Associate Director of Development.