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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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  • 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.

    Latest UpdateSeptember 14, 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 UpdateJuly 21, 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 UpdateJuly 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 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
    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

  • The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, established in October 1999, is named after Fritz Russ, an esteemed engineer and founder of Systems Research Laboratories, and his wife Dolores Russ, a long-time supporter and benefactor of the engineering industry.

    Latest UpdateJanuary 4, 2017