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Spotlight on Engineering

Spotlight on engineering is the NAE’s biweekly e-newsletter providing information on engineering and policy activities by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, events and items of interest, and engineering news items from around the world.

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Latest News & Press Releases
  • Call for Engineering Action on the COVID-19 Crisis
    Call for Engineering Action on the COVID-19 Crisis
    Tue, March 31, 2020
    While the current COVID-19 crisis is separating us physically, it also compels us to work together to address its accompanying societal and economic challenges, ranging from arresting the contagion to relieving the health care stress to production of vaccines to reimagining life in today’s remote ...
  • Our Response to COVID-19: A Message from the Presidents
    Our Response to COVID-19: A Message from the Presidents
    Tue, March 24, 2020
    As the COVID-19 pandemic grips the nation and the world, policymakers and the public are counting on science, engineering, and medicine to discover how the virus infects humans, slow its spread, treat those infected, and provide solutions that lay the groundwork for recovery. At the National ...
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Latest WTOP Radio Series
  • Rebuilding Antarctica
    Posted April 9, 2020

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    Antarctica is melting faster than expected…and a recent U-N report says, unless something is done, sea levels will likely rise higher by the end of this century than previous estimates. Some scientists say it may be time to think of radical solutions.
  • Smart Stethoscope
    Posted April 3, 2020

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    Diagnosing lung diseases ideally uses tools like chest X-rays and blood tests, but in times when the healthcare system is stressed the stethoscope may be the only tool.
  • Smartphone Drug Delivery
    Posted March 26, 2020

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    Brain implants can treat diseases ranging from Parkinson’s to depression, but patients must generally be tethered to machines. The key to a new solution might be in your pocket.
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Award Recipients
  • image for Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering
    Recognized as one of the world's preeminent awards for engineering achievement, the Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering honors an engineer whose accomplishment has significantly impacted society by improving the quality of life, providing the ability to live freely and comfortably, and/or permitting the access to information.
  • image for Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize
    The Russ Prize recognizes an outstanding bioengineering achievement in widespread use that improves the human condition. This achievement should help the public better understand and appreciate the contributions of engineers to our health, well-being and quality of life. An auxiliary purpose of the Russ Prize is to encourage collaboration between the engineering and medical/biological professions to work closely together.
  • image for Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education
    Inaugurated in 2001 by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the intent of the Gordon Prize is to recognize new modalities and experiments in education that develop effective engineering leaders. The focus is on innovations such as curricular design, teaching methods, and technology-enabled learning that strengthen students' capabilities and desire to grow into leadership roles.
  • image for Simon Ramo Founders Award
    The Founders Award was established in 1965 by the Academy to honor an outstanding NAE member or international member who has upheld the ideals and principles of the NAE through professional, educational, and personal achievement and accomplishment.
  • image for Arthur M. Bueche Award
    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.
  • image for Gibbs Brother Medal
    This award is for outstanding contributions in the field of naval architecture and marine engineering. It was established through the Gibbs Brothers. Fund by gift of William Francis Gibbs and Frederic H. Gibbs.
  • image for J.C. Hunsaker Award in Aeronautical Engineering
    Established by Professor and Mrs. Jerome C. Hunsaker, this award honors excellence in the field of aeronautical engineering.