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.

Activity Type
  • Project 17
  • Program 1
Areas of Interest
Ethics
  • 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 6
  • Completed 12
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  • 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 UpdateNovember 8, 2017

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

    Latest UpdateOctober 31, 2017

  • In Progress
    Series of global summits for leading scientists and engineers, educators, policy leaders, students, and the public to address grand challenges.

    Latest UpdateMay 14, 2017

  • In Progress
    INSS seeks to convene the a diverse group of individuals and experiences to accelerate the rate at which social aspects of sustainability are more authentically included in policy, planning, and research about the built environment. The INSS network will provide annual summits and year-long opportunities for networking and collaboration.

    Latest UpdateMarch 16, 2017

  • 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 UpdateMarch 9, 2017

  • Completed
    A New Forum for Innovation in Preventing and Managing Violent Conflict. The roundtable is a forum for key stakeholders from government, industry, academia, and the NGO community to 1) consider how the application of technology and of knowledge and methods from engineering and science can serve the goals of violent conflict prevention, peacemaking, and peacekeeping and 2) explore opportunities for stakeholder collaboration and action on key issues

    Latest UpdateFebruary 11, 2015

  • Completed
    This NSF funded Phase I Climate Change Educational Partnership (CCEP) focuses on the impacts of climate change for engineered systems. The goal of the partnership is to develop a national network to catalyze, transform, and enhance education on the issues of climate change and engineered systems, including issues of governance, sustainability, justice, trust, and public engagement, to prepare current and future engineers, policymakers, and the public to meet these challenges.

    Latest UpdateAugust 29, 2014

  • 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 UpdateFebruary 5, 2014

  • Completed
    In 2010, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) (#1045412) to develop an online resource to provide “easy access to high quality case studies, best practices, and original scholarship in ethics in science, ...

    Latest UpdateNovember 25, 2013

  • Completed
    New technologies have the potential to produce positive and unforeseeable (and possibly negative) results; among these are innovations in sustainability, nanotechnology, neurotechnology, and energy technology. By virtue of their expertise, engineers are in a unique position to understand, assess, ...

    Latest UpdateAugust 15, 2012

  • Completed
    This project consisted of a 2-day workshop held on August 25 and 26, 2008, which covered several topics including the social environment of science and engineering education; the need for ethics education for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in science and engineering; models for effective programs; and assessment of approaches to ethics education.

    Latest UpdateAugust 14, 2012

  • Completed
    This project involved a workshop that brought together synthetic biology researchers and experts in engineering ethics and science and technology studies to discuss how engineering ethics can contribute to the positive potential of the field of synthetic biology. It was held in Washington DC on Sept. 29-30, 2010.

    Latest UpdateAugust 9, 2012