Reports

Studies and programs related to engineering and technology cut across the many operational units of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The results of these activities are published as reports and proceedings that add to the growing body of knowledge on engineering and technology practice and policy.

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Memorial Tributes
  • This is the 20th Volume in the series Memorial Tributes compiled by the National Academy of Engineering as a personal remembrance of the lives and outstanding achievements of its members and foreign associates. These volumes are intended to stand as an enduring record of the many contributions of ...
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Featured Reports
NAE Annual Report
  • Provides details on the scope and depth of NAE work performed in 2015. These activities have been conceived and executed to pursue our goal of providing objective, independent advice to the federal government and the engineering community and to proactively promote the technological welfare of the nation.

  • ISBN978-0-309-46213-6
    Copyright2017
    On January 11–12, 2017, the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES) held a workshop designed to help the engineering community identify institutional and cultural challenges to instilling ethics in engineering programs and to develop ...
    Authoring institutionCarl Anderson, Rapporteur; Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society; National Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateJune 27, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-45402-5
    Copyright2017
    Recent years have yielded significant advances in computing and communication technologies, with profound impacts on society. Technology is transforming the way we work, play, and interact with others. From these technological capabilities, new industries, organizational forms, and business models ...
    Authoring institutionComputer Science and Telecommunications Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateApril 13, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-45436-0
    Copyright2017
    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board (ARLTAB) provides biennial assessments of the scientific and technical quality of the research, development, and analysis programs at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), focusing on ...
    Authoring institutionArmy Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board; Laboratory Assessments Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMarch 31, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-45618-0
    Copyright2017
    Teachers are typically not seen as education policy makers, but they possess the knowledge and information that can contribute to the development of effective policies.
    Authoring institutionTeacher Advisory Council; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Academy of Engineering; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMarch 30, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-44432-3
    Copyright2017
    Science educators in the United States are adapting to a new vision of how students learn science. Children are natural explorers and their observations and intuitions about the world around them are the foundation for science learning. Unfortunately, the way science has been taught in the United ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Science Education;Board on Testing and Assessment; Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
    Publication DateMarch 24, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-45600-5
    Copyright2017
    The sea ice surrounding Antarctica has increased in extent and concentration from the late 1970s, when satellite-based measurements began, until 2015. Although this increasing trend is modest, it is surprising given the overall warming of the global climate and the region. Indeed, climate models, ...
    Authoring institutionPolar Research Board; Ocean Studies Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMarch 24, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-45444-5
    Copyright2017
    The concept of utilizing big data to enable scientific discovery has generated tremendous excitement and investment from both private and public sectors over the past decade, and expectations continue to grow. Using big data analytics to identify complex patterns hidden inside volumes of data that ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateFebruary 24, 2017
  • Logo Institute
    ISBN978-0-309-43771-4
    Copyright2017
    Engineering technologists and technicians play an important role in the nation’s technical workforce. Unfortunately, 1 in 3 employers say that they do not know the difference between a traditional engineer and someone with an engineering technology background.  A new report by The ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateFebruary 15, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-45122-2
    Copyright2017
    This is the fourth in a series of five letter reports that provide an independent review of the more than 30 evidence reports that NASA has compiled on human health risks for long-duration and exploration spaceflights.This letter report reviews eight evidence reports and examines the quality of ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Health Sciences Policy; Health and Medicine Division; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-45420-9
    Copyright2017
    The social cost of carbon (SC-CO2) is an economic metric intended to provide a comprehensive estimate of the net damages - that is, the monetized value of the net impacts, both negative and positive - from the global climate change that results from a small (1-metric ton) increase in ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Environmental Change and Society; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-45428-5
    Copyright2017
    Federal government statistics provide critical information to the country and serve a key role in a democracy. For decades, sample surveys with instruments carefully designed for particular data needs have been one of the primary methods for collecting data for federal statistics. However, the ...
    Authoring institutionPanel on Improving Federal Statistics for Policy and Social Science Research Using Multiple Data Sources and State-of-the-Art Estimation Methods; Committee on National Statistics; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2017
  • Logo Institute
    ISBN978-0-309-45036-2
    Copyright2017
    This volume presents papers on the topics covered at the National Academy of Engineering's 2016 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Every year the symposium brings together 100 outstanding young leaders in engineering to share their cutting-edge research and innovations in selected areas.
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-45244-1
    Copyright2017
    The United States has long recognized that the nation’s prosperity and security depend on how we address challenges of disasters, poverty, famine, and disease around the world. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has played a vital role in promoting U.S. national and ...
    Authoring institutionDevelopment, Security, and Cooperation; Policy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-45353-0
    Copyright2017
    In May 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a workshop on Cryptographic Agility and Interoperability. Speakers at the workshop discussed the history and practice of cryptography, its current challenges, and its future possibilities. This publication summarizes ...
    Authoring institutionForum on Cyber Resilience; Computer Science and Telecommunications Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-45501-5
    Copyright2017
    The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is an interagency program, established by the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990, mandated by Congress to “assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate; Board on Environmental Change and Society; Division on Earth and Life Studies; Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-45875-7
    Copyright2017
    The integrity of knowledge that emerges from research is based on individual and collective adherence to core values of objectivity, honesty, openness, fairness, accountability, and stewardship. Integrity in science means that the organizations in which research is conducted encourage those ...
    Authoring institutionPolicy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-45117-8
    Copyright2017
    Military operations produce a great deal of trash in an environment where standard waste management practices may be subordinated to more pressing concerns. As a result, ground forces have long relied on incineration in open-air pits as a means of getting rid of refuse. Concerns over possible ...
    Authoring institutionDavid A. Savitz, Anne N. Styka, and David A. Butler, Editors; Committee on the Assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry; Board on the Health of Select Populations; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Health and Medicine Division; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2017
  • Logo Institute
    ISBN978-0-309-45905-1
    Copyright2017
    The future security, economic growth, and competitiveness of the United States depend on its capacity to innovate. Major sources of innovative capacity are the new knowledge and trained students generated by U.S. research universities. However, many of the complex technical and societal problems ...
    Authoring institutionNational Materials and Manufacturing Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academy of Engineering; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-44006-6
    Copyright2017
    Skilled technical occupations—defined as occupations that require a high level of knowledge in a technical domain but do not require a bachelor’s degree for entry—are a key component of the U.S. economy. In response to globalization and advances in science and technology, ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy; Board on Higher Education and Workforce; Board on Science Education; Policy and Global Affairs; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Academy of Engineering; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-45857-3
    Copyright2017
    Environmental research has driven landmark improvements that led to the protection of human and ecosystem health. Recognizing the value of knowledge generated by environmental research and the ingenuity within academic and nonprofit institutions, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Environmental Studies and Toxicology; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2017