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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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NAE Annual Report
  • Provides details on the scope and depth of NAE work performed in 2017. 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.

  • ISBN978-0-309-49263-8
    Copyright2019
    Accidents and terrorist attacks that lead to the release of radioactive materials can cause deaths, injuries, and a range of psychosocial effects in the surrounding community and team of emergency responders. In the United States, federal, state, and local agencies respond with the necessary ...
    Authoring institutionNuclear and Radiation Studies Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJuly 30, 2019
  • Copyright2019
    Provides details on the scope and depth of NAE work performed in 2018. 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 ...
    Publication DateJuly 15, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49248-5
    Copyright2019
    The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Manufacturing USA Institutes aim to protect national security and increase U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing. The domestic industrial base is critical to supporting and sustaining both military advantage and economic competitiveness. Through these ...
    Authoring institutionNational Materials and Manufacturing Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJuly 1, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48495-4
    Copyright2019
    Convergence-based research approaches are critical in solving many scientific challenges, which frequently draw on large teams of collaborators from multiple disciplines. The 2014 report Convergence: Facilitating Transdisciplinary Integration of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and ...
    Authoring institutionDivision on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJune 26, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49147-1
    Copyright2019
    In 2017, researchers discovered a vulnerability in microprocessors used in computers and devices all over the world. The vulnerability, named Spectre, combines side effects from caching and speculative execution, which are techniques that have been used for many years to increase the speed at ...
    Authoring institutionForum on Cyber Resilience; Computer Science and Telecommunications Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMay 30, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49162-4
    Copyright2019
    The Manufacturing USA initiative seeks to reinforce U.S.-based advanced manufacturing through partnerships among industry, academia, and government. Started in 2012 and established with bipartisan support by the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2014, the initiative envisages ...
    Authoring institutionInnovation Policy Forum; Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy; Policy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMay 29, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49403-8
    Copyright2019
    Digital technology is incorporated into nearly every facet of American life, from commerce, community, healthcare, food systems, transportation, education, media, entertainment, and employment. Its increasingly integral nature raises critical questions moving forward, such as what emerging ...
    Authoring institutionGovernment-University-Industry Research Roundtable; Policy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMay 29, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49025-2
    Copyright2019
    The supercritical water oxidation system at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant near Richmond, Kentucky is a secondary waste processing reactor that is an important unit in the overall function of the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Pilot Program. This system is designed to reactively ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Army Science and Technology; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMay 14, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49236-2
    Copyright2019
    While the public is generally aware of the use of hydraulic fracturing for unconventional resource development onshore, it is less familiar with the well completion and stimulation technologies used in offshore operations, including hydraulic fracturing, gravel packs, “fracpacks,” and ...
    Authoring institutionRoundtable on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Development; Board on Earth Sciences and Resources; Water Science and Technology Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMay 8, 2019
  • Logo Institute
    ISBN978-0-309-49273-7
    Copyright2019
    In the last 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 to (a) explore ways the societies can help better align engineering education with the needs of industry; (b) provide an ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateMay 7, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48653-8
    Copyright2019
    On June 27-28, 2018, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) convened an international workshop in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on developing norms for the provision of laboratories in low-resource contexts. The U.S. Department of State's ...
    Authoring institutionPolicy and Global Affairs; Board on Life Sciences; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMay 1, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48961-4
    Copyright2019
    Flooding is the natural hazard with the greatest economic and social impact in the United States, and these impacts are becoming more severe over time. Catastrophic flooding from recent hurricanes, including Superstorm Sandy in New York (2012) and Hurricane Harvey in Houston (2017), caused ...
    Authoring institutionPolicy and Global Affairs; Water Science and Technology Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMarch 29, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49123-5
    Copyright2019
    In recent decades, important gains have been made with respect to the participation of women in science, technology, engineering, and medical (STEM) disciplines at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the United States. More women than ever are joining faculty ranks in these fields and moving ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Higher Education and Workforce; Policy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMarch 29, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49037-5
    Copyright2019
    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 institutionLaboratory Assessments Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; National Academy of Public Administration
    Publication DateMarch 8, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-49075-7
    Copyright2019
    Thirty scientists, engineers, analysts, and other security-oriented specialists from six countries gathered December 10-12, 2018, in Helsinki, Finland, for a workshop on the convergence of violent extremism and radiological security. Discussions focused on regional and national trends, ...
    Authoring institutionDevelopment, Security, and Cooperation; Policy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateMarch 8, 2019
  • ISBN978-0-309-48771-9
    Copyright2019
    This study originated with congressionally directed language from the House Permanent Select Committee for Intelligence (HPSCI) in 2016 and titled “Acquisition Strategies for Future Space Based Optics”. This publication is an unclassified summary of the classified report.
    Authoring institutionAir Force Studies Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateFebruary 26, 2019
  • 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
  • ISBN978-0-309-48929-4
    Copyright2019
    On December 11, 2017, President Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive-1 (SPD-1). The new directive replaced original text in the National Space Policy of the United States of America and instructed the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to "lead the ...
    Authoring institutionSpace Studies Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateFebruary 7, 2019
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    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
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