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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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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.

  • ISBN978-0-309-14390-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
  • ISBN0-309-21140-9
    Copyright2011
    Since 1996, the National Research Council (NRC) Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board (ARLTAB) has provided biannual assessments of the scientific and technical quality of the research, development, and analysis programs at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL).  ALTAB is assisted ...
    Authoring institutionArmy Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2011
  • ISBN978-0-309-26899-8
    Copyright2013
    The NRC 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). For 2011–2012, ARL asked the board to examine crosscutting ...
    Authoring institutionArmy Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board; Laboratory Assessments Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Research Council
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2013
  • ISBN978-0-309-36832-2
    Copyright2015
    The NRC 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, focusing on ballistics sciences, human sciences, information sciences, ...
    Authoring institutionArmy Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board; Laboratory Assessments Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Research Council
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2015
  • ISBN978-0-309-29985-5
    Copyright2014
    The NRC Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Technical Assessment Board provides biennial assessments of the scientific and technical quality of ARL’s research, development, and analysis programs, focusing on ballistics sciences, human sciences, information sciences, materials sciences, and ...
    Authoring institutionArmy Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board; Laboratory Assessments Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Research Council
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2014
  • 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
  • ISBN978-0-309-39207-5
    Copyright2016
    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), ...
    Authoring institutionArmy Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board; Laboratory Assessments Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2016
  • ISBN978-0-309-29117-0
    Copyright2013
    The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a program of the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, is a national network of affiliated manufacturing extension centers and field offices, in the 50 states and Puerto Rico, that seeks to strengthen ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy; Policy and Global Affairs Division; National Research Council
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2013
  • ISBN978-0-309-31008-6
    Copyright2014
    Additive manufacturing has the potential to positively affect human spaceflight operations by enabling the in-orbit manufacture of replacement parts and tools, which could reduce logistics requirements for the International Space Station and future long-duration human space missions. Additive ...
    Authoring institutionAeronautics and Space Engineering Board; National Materials and Manufacturing Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Research Council
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2014
  • ISBN978-0-309-45163-5
    Copyright2016
    Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are “engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computational algorithms and physical components.” CPS can be small and closed, such as an artificial pancreas, or very large, complex, and interconnected, such as a ...
    Authoring institutionComputer Science and Telecommunications Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateDecember 27, 2016
  • 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
  • ISBN978-0-309-37468-2
    Copyright2015
    River and coastal floods are among the nation's most costly natural disasters. One component in the nation's approach to managing flood risk is availability of flood insurance policies, which are offered on an individual basis primarily through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). ...
    Authoring institutionWater Science and Technology Board; Division of Earth and Life Studies; Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2015
  • ISBN978-0-309-14769-9
    Copyright2009
    Information on job characteristics and the people who perform those jobs is valuable for career guidance, reemployment counseling, workforce development, human resource management, and other purposes. In 1998. the U.S. Department of Labor launched the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), ...
    Authoring institutionCommittee on National Statistics Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-16030-8
    Copyright2011
    This book provides an unparalleled dataset that can be used to assess the quality and effectiveness of doctoral programs based on measures important to faculty, students, administrators, funders, and other stakeholders. The data, collected for the 2005–2006 academic year from more than ...
    Authoring institutionPolicy and Global Affairs Division, National Research Council
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2011
  • ISBN978-0-309-30780-2
    Copyright2015
    The food industry is the largest sector of the US economy; food touches everything from human health to the environment, climate change, economic inequality, and the federal budget. The challenges of improving the food system in the 21st century will require systemic approaches that take full ...
    Authoring institutionEnvironmental, and Social Effects of the Food System; Food and Nutrition Board; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Institute of Medicine; National Research Council
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2015
  • ISBN978-0-309-31013-0
    Copyright2014
    Regulations governing chemical use often focus on widely used chemicals and acute human health effects of exposure to them as well as their potential to cause cancer and other adverse health effects. But there is increasing interest in approaches and policies to ensure that substances substituted ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Chemical Sciences and Technology; Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Research Council
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2014
  • ISBN0-309-10223-5
    Copyright2006
    The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) was created in 2000 to focus and coordinate nanoscience and nanotechnology research and development (R&D) funded by several federal agencies. The purpose of NNI is to ensure that research leads to the responsible development and deployment of ...
    Authoring institutionNational Materials Advisory Board Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences National Research Council
  • ISBN978-0-309-14488-9
    Copyright2009
    Recent advances in biology have increased the likelihood that the results of biological research can contribute to practical solutions to major challenges in the 21st century, particularly sustainable food production, ecosystem restoration, optimized biofuel production, and improved human health. ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Life Sciences Division on Earth and Life Studies National Research Council
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    ISBN978-0-309-45905-1
    Copyright2017
    The future security, economic growth, and competitiveness of the United States depend on its capacity to innovate. Major sources of innovative capacity are the new knowledge and trained students generated by U.S. research universities. However, many of the complex technical and societal problems ...
    Authoring institutionNational Materials and Manufacturing Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academy of Engineering; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2017
  • ISBN0-309-10578-1
    Copyright2007
    The rapid pace at which digital printing is advancing is posing a very serious challenge to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of Printing (BEP) to stay ahead of the evolving counterfeiting threats to U.S. currency. To help meet that challenge, the BEP asked the NRC to undertake ...
    Authoring institutionBoard on Manufacturing and Engineering Design Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences National Research Council