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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 21st 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 members. These volumes are intended to stand as an enduring record of the many contributions of ...
Past Volumes
NAE Annual Report
  • Provides details on the scope and depth of NAE work performed in 2016. 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.

  • ISBN978-0-309-48234-9
    Copyright2018
    The Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program was created by the United States after the dissolution of the Soviet Union to provide financial assistance and technical expertise to secure or eliminate nuclear weapons delivery systems; warheads, chemical weapons materials, biological weapons ...
    Authoring institutionPolicy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateAugust 14, 2018
  • Logo Institute
    ISBN978-0-309-47850-2
    Copyright2018
    Autonomy is multidisciplinary, multicultural, and global in its development and applications. Autonomous vehicles rely on communications, artificial intelligence, sensors, virtual and enhanced reality, big data, security, and many other technologies. Each year the annual meeting of the National ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateJuly 31, 2018
  • Logo Institute
    ISBN978-0-309-47901-1
    Copyright2018
    On January 26, 2017, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), held a workshop in Washington, DC, on the engagement of engineering societies in undergraduate engineering education. Since then, the NAE has held a series of follow-up regional ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateJuly 31, 2018
  • Logo Institute
    On July 18–20, 2017, the third and largest Global Grand Challenges Summit was held in Washington, DC on the campus of George Washington University. Nearly 900 people attended, half of them undergraduate or graduate students from 150 universities/colleges.
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateJuly 30, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-47954-7
    Copyright2018
    New technologies and approaches are generating large, diverse data sets, and data science offers the tools that are needed to interrogate, analyze, and manage these data sets. Biology, material sciences, and other fields have embraced data science tools and used them to gain insights into, for ...
    Authoring institutionChemical Science Roundtable; Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology; Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics; Division on Earth and Life Studies; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJuly 27, 2018
  • Copyright2018
    Provides details on the scope and depth of NAE work performed in 2016. 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 ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateJuly 17, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-47875-5
    Copyright2018
    On March 6–7, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held the second workshop of a three-part series titled Examining the Impact of Real-World Evidence on Medical Product Development. The workshops are intended to advance discussions and common knowledge among ...
    Authoring institutionForum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation; Board on Health Sciences Policy; Health and Medicine Division; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJuly 11, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-47855-7
    Copyright2018
    Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is a technology that integrates biomass conversion to heat, electricity, or liquid or gas fuels with carbon capture and sequestration. BECCS could provide a significant portion of the global energy supply if deployed to its theoretical maximum ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Chemical Sciences and Technology; Board on Energy and Environmental Systems; Board on Earth Sciences and Resources; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Ocean Studies Board; Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJuly 10, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-47874-8
    Copyright2018
    The widespread destruction of California, Houston, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands from extreme events, along with continued future transition planning exercises for building and rebuilding, have increased the focus on the potential role of sustainable energy deployment. To discuss the ...
    Authoring institutionScience and Technology for Sustainability Program; Policy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJuly 10, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-47369-9
    Copyright2018
    Over the past decade, resilience has gained significant traction across the nation and innovative programs are showing exciting progress in building resilient communities. For communities to be prepared for future extreme weather and climate events, as well as the chronic daily stressors, the ...
    Authoring institutionRoundtable on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events; Policy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJune 6, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-47805-2
    Copyright2018
      The Personnel Recovery (PR) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) missions are core mission functions of the U.S. Air Force (USAF). PR refers to the broad range of operations and forces that provide recovery of personnel, whether the environment is hostile or peaceful. CSAR refers to more ...
    Authoring institutionAir Force Studies Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJune 4, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-47700-0
    Copyright2018
    Direct air capture (DAC) refers to a range of technologies that capture and concentrate carbon dioxide (CO2) from ambient air. These technologies can include chemical scrubbing processes that capture CO2 through absorption or adsorption separation processes. DAC can also refer to the process that ...
    Authoring institutionDivision on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMay 29, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-47387-3
    Copyright2018
    Beginning in October 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine organized a set of workshops designed to gather information for the Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Applications to National Security . The second workshop focused on emerging trends and ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMay 16, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-47406-1
    Copyright2018
    The development of offshore energy on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) is overseen by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). In support of its mission to conduct its activities in an environmentally and economically responsible way, BOEM engaged a steering committee of the National ...
    Authoring institutionOcean Studies Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateApril 16, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-47492-4
    Copyright2018
    Over the past several years, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been transforming the procedures of its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), a program that produces hazard and dose‒response assessments of environmental chemicals and derives toxicity values that can be used to ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Environmental Studies and Toxicology; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateApril 11, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-45814-6
    Copyright2018
    The development of inexpensive small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) technologies and the growing desire of hobbyists to have more and more capability have created a sustained sUAS industry, however these capabilities are directly enabling the ability of adversaries to threaten U.S. interests. In ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Army Science and Technology; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMarch 29, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-47269-2
    Copyright2018
    Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) techniques, which aim to remove and sequester excess carbon from the atmosphere, have been identified as an important part of the portfolio of responses to climate change and have been garnering increased attention. Forests, grasslands, agricultural lands, and soils ...
    Authoring institutionDivision on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMarch 29, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-47285-2
    Copyright2018
    The congressionally mandated report A New Foundation for the Nuclear Enterprise (the “Augustine-Mies” report), released in November 2014, concluded that “the existing governance structures and many of the practices of the [nuclear security] enterprise are inefficient and ...
    Authoring institutionPanel to Track and Assess Governance and Management Reform in the Nuclear Security Enterprise; Laboratory Assessments Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; National Academy of Public Administration
    Publication DateMarch 13, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-46788-9
    Copyright2018
    Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals generate a stream of scientific discoveries and technological innovations that fuel job creation and national economic growth. Ensuring a robust supply of these professionals is critical for sustaining growth and creating jobs ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Science Education; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMarch 8, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-46503-8
    Copyright2018
    The need to manage, analyze, and extract knowledge from data is pervasive across industry, government, and academia. Scientists, engineers, and executives routinely encounter enormous volumes of data, and new techniques and tools are emerging to create knowledge out of these data, some of them ...
    Authoring institutionComputer Science and Telecommunications Board; Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics; Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; Board on Science Education; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMarch 5, 2018