Activities, Projects & Initiatives

The National Academy of Engineering is tasked with identifying and illuminating issues at the intersections of engineering, technology, and society that impact our quality of life. Studies, symposia, and public information activities are carried out both independently by the NAE Program Office and jointly with other units of the National Academies.

Activity Type
  • Project 8
  • Program 1
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Competitiveness
  • Competitiveness 9
  • Diversity 10
  • Education 50
  • Energy 7
  • Environment 10
  • Ethics 18
  • Healthcare 7
  • Honoring Engineers 9
  • Media and Journalism 4
  • Understanding Engineering 16
Project Status
  • In Progress 2
  • Completed 7
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Featured Projects
  • Completed
    The 2009 NAE Annual Meeting public forum convened seven prominent leaders of the innovation system to discuss the challenges facing the United States, and what the nation needs to do to remain a global leader in the turbulent world of the 21st century.

    Latest UpdateJune 9, 2011

  • Completed
    A New Forum for Innovation in Preventing and Managing Violent Conflict. The roundtable is a forum for key stakeholders from government, industry, academia, and the NGO community to 1) consider how the application of technology and of knowledge and methods from engineering and science can serve the goals of violent conflict prevention, peacemaking, and peacekeeping and 2) explore opportunities for stakeholder collaboration and action on key issues

    Latest UpdateFebruary 11, 2015

  • Completed
    Concerned about the challenges facing US manufacturing--and excited about the prospect of dramatic change in this sector--the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) undertook a study to identify best practices along the manufacturing value chain and to recommend public- and private-sector actions to make the United States an effective environment for value creation. The NAE was joined in supporting this study by Gordon E. Moore, Robert A. Pritzker and the Robert Pritzker Family Foundation, Jonathan J. Rubinstein, Edward Horton, and by a number of US companies--Boeing, Cummins, IBM, Qualcomm, Rockwell Collins, and Xerox.

    Latest UpdateAugust 2, 2016

  • In Progress
    Series of global summits for leading scientists and engineers, educators, policy leaders, students, and the public to address grand challenges.

    Latest UpdateMay 14, 2017

  • In Progress
    One of the missions of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is to promote the essence of engineering i.e.  Creating Solutions to the Problems of the People and the Planet . The Grand Challenges for Engineering is a cross disciplinary initiative whose goal is the  ...

    Latest UpdateOctober 24, 2017

  • Transformational changes are occurring in US-based manufacturing, design, and innovation . US manufacturing employment has significantly changed due to increasing globalization, industry restructuring, and automation of the factory floor. At the same time, innovations in technologies and business ...

    Latest UpdateNovember 17, 2017