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
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  • Award 5
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  • Education 50
  • Energy 7
  • Environment 10
  • Ethics 18
  • Healthcare 7
  • Honoring Engineers 8
  • Media and Journalism 4
  • Understanding Engineering 15
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  • In Progress 20
  • Completed 62
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  • 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 UpdateMay 25, 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

  • Engineering of aeronautical, astronautical, and space systems. Includes disciplines of vehicle design/manufacturing, system engineering, propulsion, aerodynamics, astrodynamics, aeroelasticity, aeroacoustics, structural dynamics, guidance, navigation, controls, avionics, air-traffic control, human ...

    Latest UpdateMay 18, 2017

  • Planning, research, design, construction, operation, management, and education related to facilities and systems that require environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, construction materials, water resources, coastal, or ocean engineering.

    Latest UpdateMay 18, 2017

  • Chemical engineering is a field dedicated to the engineering of chemical systems applying principles from underlying sciences (e.g., chemistry, biology, materials science, and applied physics) and systems engineering (e.g., applied mathematics, operations research, computer science). Its scale ...

    Latest UpdateMay 18, 2017

  • Design, analysis, manufacturing and control of solid, thermal and fluid mechanical systems (including optoelectrical-mechanical machines, materials, structures, and micro and nano scale devices); heat transfer, combustion and other energy conversion processes; solid mechanics (including fracture ...

    Latest UpdateMay 15, 2017

  • Special fields, including acoustics, agricultural engineering, atmospheric sciences, hydrology, military engineering, ocean engineering, systems engineering and economics, education, law, management, and newly emerging areas related to engineering; interdisciplinary engineering representing ...

    Latest UpdateMay 15, 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

  • Electric power and energy systems engineering and related applied sciences, including the safety, efficiency, reliability, environmental interaction, education, infrastructure, and management associated with the effective utilization of energy and energy resources for the generation, storage, ...

    Latest UpdateMay 12, 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 UpdateMay 8, 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 UpdateMarch 17, 2017