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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.

  • ISBN978-0-309-48991-1
    Copyright2019
    The innovation environment of the 21st century is characterized by disruption, accelerated technology development, and globalized access to information, which is a dramatic shift from the largely government-controlled Cold War innovation environment of the previous century. The shift from an ...
    Authoring institutionGovernment-University-Industry Research Roundtable; Policy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateFebruary 19, 2019
  • Logo Institute
    ISBN978-0-309-48750-4
    Copyright2019
    This volume presents papers on the topics covered at the National Academy of Engineering's 2018 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 28, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48715-3
    Copyright2019
    Climate assessment activities are increasingly driven by subnational organizations—city, county, and state governments; utilities and private companies; and stakeholder groups and engaged publics—trying to better serve their constituents, customers, and members by understanding and ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Energy and Environmental Systems; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 11, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48288-2
    Copyright2019
    The American chestnut, whitebark pine, and several species of ash in the eastern United States are just a few of the North American tree species that have been functionally lost or are in jeopardy of being lost due to outbreaks of pathogens and insect pests. New pressures in this century are ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48387-2
    Copyright2019
    Modern materials science builds on knowledge from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer and data science, and engineering sciences to enable us to understand, control, and expand the material world. Although it is anchored in inquiry-based fundamental science, materials research is ...
    Authoring institutionNational Materials and Manufacturing Board; Board on Physics and Astronomy; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2019
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    ISBN978-0-309-48708-5
    Copyright2018
    As part of a series of workshops on the role of engineering societies in engineering education in the United States, the National Academy of Engineering held a workshop titled “Engineering Societies’ Activities in Promoting Diversity and Inclusion” on June 4, 2018. The goals were ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateDecember 11, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-48551-7
    Copyright2018
    At the request of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has, since 1959 annually assembled panels of experts from academia, industry, medicine, and other scientific and engineering environments to assess the quality ...
    Authoring institutionLaboratory Assessments Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateNovember 30, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-48545-6
    Copyright2018
    An Assessment of Four Divisions of the Physical Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology: Fiscal Year 2018 assesses the scientific and technical work performed by four divisions of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Physical Measurement ...
    Authoring institutionLaboratory Assessments Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateOctober 31, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-48571-5
    Copyright2018
    The past decade has seen advancements in methods for measuring environmental exposures in biological specimens, such as blood or tissue. Chemicals can now be measured more accurately and with smaller volumes of specimens. Biorepositories that store many biospecimens are maintained by the ...
    Authoring institutionDivision on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateOctober 19, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-48235-6
    Copyright2018
    Geologic carbon capture and sequestration encompasses approaches for relatively permanent storage of carbon in the Earth's geologic formations. Carbon dioxide (CO2) that has been captured from flue gas or other waste streams as pressurized fluids can be trapped geologically through ...
    Authoring institutionDivision on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateSeptember 5, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-47740-6
    Copyright2018
    Reliable, affordable, and technically recoverable energy is central to the nation's economic and social vitality. The United States is both a major consumer of geologically based energy resources from around the world and - increasingly of late - a developer of its own energy resources. ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Earth Sciences and Resources; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateAugust 29, 2018
  • ISBN978-0-309-48287-5
    Copyright2018
    The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop on March 12-14, 2018 at the behest of the U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff. The goal of the workshop was to address the challenge of innovation adoption within the organization with a focus on understanding how ...
    Authoring institutionAir Force Studies Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateAugust 24, 2018
  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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