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.

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  • 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 8
  • Media and Journalism 4
  • Understanding Engineering 15
Project Status
  • In Progress 19
  • In Progress 1
  • Completed 1
  • Completed 65
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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 UpdateJune 21, 2017

  • The Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) is the first operating center of the National Academy of Engineering. We are dedicated to achieving excellence in engineering education, education that is effective, engaged, and efficient.

    Latest UpdateJune 19, 2017

  • 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 UpdateJune 14, 2017

  • At its discretion, the NAE Council may confer the title "Distinguished Honoree" on any living individual, including a member of the NAE, in recognition of outstanding achievement in, or distinguished service to, the advancement of engineering and its benefits to manking, the engineering ...

    Latest UpdateJune 8, 2017

  • 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 ...

    Latest UpdateMay 23, 2017

  • 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.

    Latest UpdateMay 18, 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

  • In Progress
    Frontiers of Engineering symposia bring together emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading-edge research.

    Latest UpdateMarch 15, 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
    The ability of the United States to support innovation requires production and retention of individuals highly skilled in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM). These STEM professionals work in a widely disseminated global enterprise spanning government, industry, and ...

    Latest UpdateFebruary 15, 2017

  • In Progress
    Series of summits for leading scientists and engineers, educators, policy leaders, innovators and corporate executives to sustain critical dialogue and engagement with grand challenges

    Latest UpdateFebruary 15, 2017

  • 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 UpdateJanuary 20, 2017