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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 ...
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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.

  • ISBN978-0-309-47127-5
    Copyright2018
      The Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine organized a 1-day visioning workshop to facilitate a dialog on the historical contributions of the ASEB to development of the U.S. civil aeronautics sector, recent advances ...
    Authoring institutionAeronautics and Space Engineering Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateFebruary 7, 2018
  • Logo Institute
    ISBN978-0-309-47187-9
    Copyright2018
    On September 18, 2017, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) held a workshop to explore the possibility of a competition for undergraduate students based on the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering. The workshop brought together university faculty and administrators, representatives of ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateFebruary 5, 2018
  • Logo Institute
    ISBN978-0-309-46601-1
    Copyright2018
    This volume presents papers on the topics covered at the National Academy of Engineering's 2017 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. The ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateJanuary 22, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-46880-0
    Copyright2018
    Decades of continuous efforts to address known hazards in the national airspace system (NAS) and to respond to issues illuminated by analysis of incidents and accidents have made commercial airlines the safest mode of transportation. The task of maintaining a high level of safety for commercial ...
    Authoring institutionAeronautics and Space Engineering Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2018
  • Logo Institute
    ISBN978-0-309-46466-6
    Copyright2017
    Engineering professional societies in the United States are engaged in a wide range of activities involving undergraduate education. However, these activities generally are not coordinated and have not been assessed in such a way that information about their procedures and outcomes can be shared. ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateDecember 12, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-46814-5
    Copyright2017
    At the request of the Special Cyber Operations Research and Engineering (SCORE) Interagency Working Group and sponsored with assistance from the National Science Foundation and from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine ...
    Authoring institutionComputer Science and Telecommunications Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateNovember 29, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-46781-0
    Copyright2017
    At the request of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine appointed an expert committee to study ways to defend forward-deployed U.S. Navy platforms from potential enemy missile and rocket attacks over the next 15 years. The Department of ...
    Authoring institutionNaval Studies Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateNovember 3, 2017
  • Logo Institute
    ISBN978-0-309-45928-0
    Copyright2017
    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 ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateSeptember 26, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-46160-3
    Copyright2017
    Solar system exploration is in an extraordinary state of expansion. Scientific capabilities to search for evidence of extant or relic life outside Earth—among the principal goals of solar system exploration—are advancing rapidly. In this time of rapid transition in exploring solar ...
    Authoring institution Space Studies Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateSeptember 19, 2017
  • Logo Institute
    Copyright2017
    The future rate and extent of sea level rise are highly uncertain, and responses to higher water levels will need to reflect this uncertainty. Sea level rise was a major topic of the annual meeting of the National Academy of Engineering on October 9–10, 2016, and the second day featured ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateAugust 31, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-46004-0
    Copyright2017
    Although ecosystems, humans, and fire have coexisted for millennia, changes in geology, ecology, hydrology, and climate as well as sociocultural, regulatory, and economic factors have converged to make wildland fire management exceptionally challenging for U.S. federal, state, and local ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Earth Sciences and Resources; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateAugust 30, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-46176-4
    Copyright2017
    In 2005, the National Research Council report Rising Above the Gathering Storm recommended a new way for the federal government to spur technological breakthroughs in the energy sector. It recommended the creation of a new agency, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, as an ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy; Policy and Global Affairs; Board on Energy and Environmental Systems; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateAugust 3, 2017
  • Logo Institute
    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 institutionCenter for Engineering, Ethics, and Society; National Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateJune 27, 2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-45827-6
    Copyright2017
    A congressionally mandated study carried out in 2013-2014 led to the November 2014 report A New Foundation for the Nuclear Enterprise . That report summarizes the panel’s findings on the current health of the enterprise, examines the root causes of its governance challenges, and offers the ...
    Authoring institutionLaboratory Assessments Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; National Academy of Public Administration
    Publication DateApril 18, 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
  • ISBN978-0-309-45600-5
    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
  • ISBN978-0-309-44432-3
    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
  • ISBN978-0-309-45388-2
    Copyright2017
    Most countries in the world use the SI (Système International, also known as the metric system) units for radiation measurements in commercial and technical activities. The United States, in contrast, uses a mix of SI and conventional units for radiation measurements, despite 30-year-old ...
    Authoring institutionNuclear and Radiation Studies Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateFebruary 27, 2017