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 86
  • Program 4
  • Award 8
Areas of Interest
  • Competitiveness 8
  • Diversity 11
  • Education 51
  • Energy 7
  • Environment 10
  • Ethics 17
  • Healthcare 7
  • Honoring Engineers 11
  • Media and Journalism 4
  • Understanding Engineering 16
Project Status
  • In Progress 20
  • Completed 74
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  • In Progress
    All students should have the opportunity to study engineering, but despite long-standing calls to increase the numbers of women, African-Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hispanics of any race, students from low-income families, and other underrepresented groups in undergraduate ...

    Latest UpdateOctober 16, 2019

  • Awarded for outstanding contributions in the field of naval architecture and marine engineering. Established through the Gibbs Brothers Fund by gift of William Francis Gibbs and Frederic H. Gibbs.

    Latest UpdateSeptember 27, 2019

  • 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 29, 2019

  • 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 UpdateAugust 2, 2019

  • Completed
    Concerned about the challenges facing US manufacturing--and excited about the prospect of dramatic change in this sector--the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) undertook a study to identify best practices along the manufacturing value chain and to recommend public- and private-sector actions to make the United States an effective environment for value creation. The NAE was joined in supporting this study by Gordon E. Moore, Robert A. Pritzker and the Robert Pritzker Family Foundation, Jonathan J. Rubinstein, Edward Horton, and by a number of US companies--Boeing, Cummins, IBM, Qualcomm, Rockwell Collins, and Xerox.

    Latest UpdateJuly 25, 2019

  • Transformational changes are occurring in US-based manufacturing, design, and innovation . US manufacturing employment has significantly changed due to increasing globalization, industry restructuring, and automation of the factory floor. At the same time, innovations in technologies and business ...

    Latest UpdateJuly 25, 2019

  • 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 25, 2019

  • Completed
    Series of scenario-based workshops called "News and Terrorism: Communicating in a Crisis."

    Latest UpdateMay 31, 2019

  • Completed
    The National Academy of Engineering's 3 rd annual Engineering for You Video Contest (E4U3) on Mega Engineering! Most of humankind’s biggest endeavors are mega engineering projects that provide solutions that span disciplines, geographies, and cultural boundaries. The Grand Prize of ...

    Latest UpdateMay 22, 2019

  • Completed
    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 UpdateMay 22, 2019

  • Completed
    Over a 20-month period, an ad hoc committee will explore a set of questions about the career choices of engineering graduates and those employed as engineers with non-engineering degrees in the United States in order to provide a comprehensive view of the career pathways and related decision making of engineering graduates and working engineers in the United States.

    Latest UpdateMay 22, 2019

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