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 84
  • Program 4
  • Award 6
Areas of Interest
  • 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 26
  • Completed 67
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  • 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 UpdateNovember 17, 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 UpdateNovember 13, 2017

  • 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

  • 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 UpdateOctober 24, 2017

  • In Progress
    One of the missions of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is to promote the essence of engineering i.e.  Creating Solutions to the Problems of the People and the Planet . The Grand Challenges for Engineering is a cross disciplinary initiative whose goal is the  ...

    Latest UpdateOctober 24, 2017

  • In Progress
    Symposium bringing together engaged and innovative engineering educators to recognize, reward, and promote effective, substantive, and inspirational engineering education

    Latest UpdateOctober 24, 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 UpdateOctober 24, 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 UpdateOctober 9, 2017

  • The Founders Award was established in 1965 by the Academy to honor an outstanding NAE member or foreign member who has upheld the ideals and principles of the NAE through professional, educational, and personal achievement and accomplishment. Awarded during NAE's annual meeting in October, ...

    Latest UpdateOctober 9, 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 mankind, the engineering ...

    Latest UpdateJuly 7, 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