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.

Activity Type
  • Project 84
  • Program 4
  • Award 6
Areas of Interest
  • Competitiveness 9
  • Diversity 10
  • Education 50
  • Energy 7
  • Environment 10
  • Ethics 18
  • Healthcare 7
  • Honoring Engineers 9
  • Media and Journalism 4
  • Understanding Engineering 16
Project Status
  • In Progress 24
  • Completed 69
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Featured Projects
  • Completed
    This project reviews and recognizes the variety of exceptional programs and strategies for improving engineers’ understanding of ethical and social issues and creates a resource for those who aim to improve the ethical development of engineers at their own institutions.

    Latest UpdateOctober 24, 2018

  • The Founders Award was established in 1965 by the Academy to honor an outstanding NAE member or foreign member who has upheld the ideals and principles of the NAE through professional, educational, and personal achievement and accomplishment.

    Latest UpdateOctober 18, 2018

  • 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 18, 2018

  • 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 UpdateOctober 4, 2018

  • The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, established in October 1999, is named after Fritz Russ, an esteemed engineer and founder of Systems Research Laboratories, and his wife Dolores Russ, a long-time supporter and benefactor of the engineering industry.

    Latest UpdateOctober 4, 2018

  • In Progress
    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 UpdateAugust 27, 2018

  • In Progress
    Motivated by the National Academy of Engineering’s  14 Grand Challenges for Engineering  and increasing calls for a new engineering education paradigm, Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, and the University of Southern ...

    Latest UpdateAugust 23, 2018

  • Completed
    Global Grand Challenges Short Video Competition The Global Grand Challenges Summit is a major new initiative by the national academies of engineering in the UK, the US, and China. The summit will bring together leading international thinkers and innovators to explore new ...

    Latest UpdateAugust 20, 2018

  • In Progress
    Symposium bringing together engaged and innovative engineering educators to recognize, reward, and promote effective, substantive, and inspirational engineering education

    Latest UpdateAugust 16, 2018

  • Completed
    In 2010, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) received funding from the National Science Foundation to develop an online resource to provide “easy access to high quality case studies, best practices, and original scholarship in ethics in science, mathematics, and ...

    Latest UpdateJuly 13, 2018

  • Completed
    This collaborative educational project of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and Arizona State University (ASU) will develop new research and educational activities for graduate and undergraduate students focused on the international issue of energy in the 21st century.

    Latest UpdateJune 27, 2018

  • In Progress
    The Online Ethics Center provides students, educators, and practicing engineers and scientists with resources for understanding and addressing ethically significant problems that arise in their work.

    Latest UpdateJune 27, 2018

  • Addressing Issues CEES activities address ethically significant issues that arise in engineering and scientific research, education, and practice. These issues arise for individual engineers and scientists as well as for social organizations and institutions. CEES projects engage a wide ...

    Latest UpdateJune 6, 2018

  • In Progress
    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 NGSS (i.e., Achieve, Inc. and the National Science Teachers ...

    Latest UpdateMay 10, 2018

  • Completed
    Engineer Your Life Coalition Develops National Campaign to Reposition Engineering as a Creative, Exciting and Rewarding Field for Women

    Latest UpdateApril 26, 2018