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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.

You can order these publications or read them online at the website of the National Academies Press. Most reports are available as free PDFs.

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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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Featured Reports
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.

  • ISBN978-0-309-14957-0
    Copyright2010
    This report presents a number of perspectives on the definition and applicability of computational thinking. For example, computational thinking can be understood as a fundamental analytical skill that everyone can use to solve problems, design systems, and understand human behavior. Supporters ...
    Authoring institutionComputer Science and Telecommunications Board Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-14950-1
    Copyright2010
    The Chemical Materials Agency (CMA), requested the National Academies' Board on Army Science and Technology to examine the current state of closure activities for the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (TOCDF) and the Chemical Agent Munitions Disposal System (CAMDS). In this brief interim ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Army Science and Technology Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-15413-0
    Copyright2010
    Soldiers deployed during the 1991 Persian Gulf War were exposed to high concentrations of particulate matter (PM) and other airborne pollutants. Their exposures were largely the result of daily windblown dust, dust storms, and smoke from oil fires. On returning from deployment, many veterans ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Environmental Studies and Toxicology Division on Earth and Life Studies National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-15094-1
    Copyright2010
    Tetrachloroethylene is a volatile, chlorinated organic hydrocarbon that is widely used as a solvent in the dry-cleaning and textile-processing industries and as an agent for degreasing metal parts. It is an environmental contaminant that has been detected in the air, groundwater, surface waters, ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Environmental Studies and Toxicology Division on Earth and Life Studies National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-15683-7
    Copyright2010
    The public-private partnership to develop vehicles that require less petroleum-based fuel and emit fewer greenhouse gases should continue to include fuel cells and other hydrogen technologies in its research and development portfolio. The third volume in the FreedomCAR series states that, ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Energy and Environmental Systems Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-15313-3
    Copyright2010
    The availability and quality of water is changing as a result of increasing population, urbanization, land use, and climate change, and shortages are becoming more frequent in many parts of the country. The Water and Environmental Research Systems (WATERS) Network, an initiative being considered ...
    Authoring institutionWater Science and Technology Board Division on Earth and Life Studies National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-15083-5
    Copyright2010
    Suborbital flight activities, including the use of sounding rockets, aircraft, and high-altitude balloons, and suborbital reusable launch vehicles, offer valuable opportunities to advance science, train the next generation of scientists and engineers, and provide opportunities for participants in ...
    Authoring institutionSpace Studies Board Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-14979-2
    Copyright2010
    Helium has long been the subject of public policy deliberation and management, largely because of its many strategic uses and because it is a product derived from natural gas. Thus the helium market has several anomalous characteristics. Shortly after sources of helium were discovered at the ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Physics and Astronomy Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-15139-9
    Copyright2010
    Extremely hazardous substances (EHSs) can be released accidentally as a result of chemical spills, industrial explosions, and other accidents, or intentionally through terrorist activities. Workers and residents in communities surrounding industrial facilities where EHSs are manufactured, used, or ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Environmental Studies and Toxicology Division on Earth and Life Studies National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-14960-0
    Copyright2010
    Current discussions about financial reform include the need for monitoring and regulating systemic risk in the financial sector. To inform those discussions, the National Research Council held a workshop on November 3, 2009, summarized in this volume, to identify major technical challenges to ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-14982-2
    Copyright2010
    Technologies and Approaches to Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles evaluates various technologies and methods that could improve the fuel economy of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, transit buses, and work trucks. The book also ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Energy and Environmental Systems Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-15221-1
    Copyright2010
    This Phase II report provides detailed assessments of the methodologies used for testing body armor, such as the validity of using the column-drop performance test for assessing the part-to-part consistency of a clay body to the level of precision identified in Army test procedures. More detailed ...
    Authoring institutionDivision on Engineering and Physical Sciences National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-15160-3
    Copyright2010
    China and India are home to nearly 40 percent of the world’s population, but until recently neither had played an influential role in the contemporary global economy. In the past two decades, they have liberalized internal economic policies, opened up foreign investment and trade, and ...
    Authoring institution Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy Policy and Global Affairs Division National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-15024-8
    Copyright2010
    During public health emergencies such as pandemic influenza outbreaks or terrorist attacks, effective vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and other medical countermeasures are essential to protecting national security and the public's well-being. The Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Health Sciences Policy Institute of Medicine
  • ISBN978-0-309-14777-4
    Copyright2010
    The technical and cultural boundaries between modeling, simulation, and games are increasingly blurring, providing broader access to capabilities in modeling and simulation and further credibility to game-based applications. The purpose of this study is to provide a technical assessment of ...
    Authoring institutionDivision on Engineering and Physical Sciences National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-15341-6
    Copyright2010
    At the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the present letter report evaluates the effectiveness of EPA's Title 42 program. Title 42 authority was granted to EPA for 5 years, from 2006 to 2011. As that period draws to a close, it was thought that a review of the current ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Environmental Studies and Toxicology Division on Earth and Life Studies National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-15075-0
    Copyright2010
    From the oceans to continental heartlands, human activities have altered the physical characteristics of Earth's surface. With Earth's population projected to peak at 8 to 12 billion people by 2050 and the additional stress of climate change, it is more important than ever to understand how and ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Earth Sciences and Resources Division on Earth and Life Studies National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-15211-2
    Copyright2010
    The world's nations are moving toward agreements that will bind us together in an effort to limit future greenhouse gas emissions. With such agreements will come the need for all nations to make accurate estimates of greenhouse gas emissions and to monitor changes over time. In this context, the ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate Division on Earth and Life Studies National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-14390-X5
    Copyright2009
    This report, the latest in a series of biennial assessments of the scientific and technical quality of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), summarizes findings for the 2007-2008 period, during which 95 volunteer experts in a variety of fields in science and engineering visited ARL annually, received ...
    Authoring institutionLaboratory Assessments Board Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-12829-2
    Copyright2009
    After five years of determined effort by individuals and organizations, members of the international community of life scientists came together for a second time to discuss the risks that terrorists, and some states, might use the results of their work for hostile purposes. The focus of the ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on International Scientific Organizations Policy and Global Affairs National Research Council