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 of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Activity Type
  • Project 51
  • Program 3
  • Award 8
Areas of Interest
  • Competitiveness 4
  • Diversity 8
  • Education 28
  • Energy 4
  • Environment 6
  • Ethics 3
  • Healthcare 5
  • Honoring Engineers 9
  • Media and Journalism 1
  • Understanding Engineering 10
Project Status
  • In Progress 21
  • Completed 37
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  • Completed
    Over a 20-month period, an ad hoc committee will explore a set of questions about the career choices of engineering graduates and those employed as engineers with non-engineering degrees in the United States in order to provide a comprehensive view of the career pathways and related decision making of engineering graduates and working engineers in the United States.

    Latest UpdateMay 22, 2019

  • Completed
    The National Academy of Engineering and NRC Board on Science Education are overseeing a new study of integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (iSTEM) education at the K-12 level. The project aims to develop a strategic research agenda for determining the approaches and ...

    Latest UpdateSeptember 2, 2014

  • Today’s Engineers Join NAE as we celebrate NAE members and other pioneering engineers who have broken through boundaries and risen above obstacles to become leaders. Their perseverance has enabled them to become engineering professionals whose contributions to their fields of ...

    Latest UpdateJanuary 30, 2023

  • The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering symposia bring together emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading-edge research.

    Latest UpdateMay 23, 2022

  • In Progress
    The Forum on Complex Unifiable Systems (FOCUS) is a multistakeholder initiative to advance understanding of complex technical and social systems and to identify unifiable approaches to better manage them. The forum will explore both perennials and frontiers of complexity in health, security, ...

    Latest UpdateNovember 7, 2022

  • Completed
    This multi-year study reviewed state-of-the-art noise-control engineering, described the technological, economic and political climate for noise control, and identified gaps in research.

    Latest UpdateApril 12, 2011

  • In Progress
    Innovations in advanced manufacturing play a critical role in supporting the U.S. economy and national security, and it is important to prepare future engineers to contribute towards the next generation of manufacturing technologies. This study and workshop will examine advanced manufacturing techniques for the defense industry and explore how undergraduate engineering capstone design courses can better incorporate advanced manufacturing. This project is organized by the National Academy of Engineering in collaboration with the National Materials and Manufacturing Board (NMMB) in the Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS).

    Latest UpdateJuly 30, 2021

  • Completed
    Through this NSF-supported (HRD-0411994) project, HBCU deans identified annually 3-person teams that included at least 2 engineering faculty and up to 1 faculty member from a social science or education discipline. Each team participated in a one-year cycle of activities in 2004, 2005, or 2006. ...

    Latest UpdateJanuary 5, 2016

  • Completed
    This workshop, supported by NSF (via grant DUE-0523255), brought together engineering education researchers and sociologists to frame a research agenda by which to begin to explore the challenge of integrating pedagogical and curricular innovations into the engineering classroom. In order to ...

    Latest UpdateFebruary 21, 2013

  • The Founders Award was established in 1965 by the Academy to honor an outstanding NAE member or international member who has upheld the ideals and principles of the NAE through professional, educational, and personal achievement and accomplishment.

    Latest UpdateOctober 26, 2022

  • In Progress
    All students should have the opportunity to study engineering, but despite long-standing calls to increase the numbers of women, African-Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hispanics of any race, students from low-income families, and other underrepresented groups in undergraduate ...

    Latest UpdateJune 10, 2021

  • In Progress
    The National Academy of Engineering, in conjunction with the Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) will establish a Roundtable on Linking Academic Engineering Research and Defense Basic Science. The roundtable ...

    Latest UpdateJanuary 17, 2020

  • 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

  • In Progress
    Practices for Engineering Education and Research (PEER) will conduct studies, workshops, and other activities focused on equitable and inclusive engineering education and related research at the precollege and higher education levels. This program will consider the entire educational system, ...

    Latest UpdateDecember 16, 2021

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