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 84
  • Program 4
  • Award 6
Areas of Interest
  • 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 25
  • Completed 68
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Featured Projects
  • In Progress
    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 ...

    Latest UpdateOctober 19, 2015

  • Completed
    A joint consensus study to assist the U.S. and China in developing strategies to meet renewable energy goals, to highlight prospects for technology cooperation between countries, and to identify areas ripe for future collaboration.

    Latest UpdateApril 13, 2011

  • 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

  • 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

  • Completed
    NAE projects focusing on Technological Literacy and K-12 education address important issues raised by the pervasive role of engineering and technology in society.

    Latest UpdateJune 8, 2011

  • Completed
    This project involved a workshop that brought together synthetic biology researchers and experts in engineering ethics and science and technology studies to discuss how engineering ethics can contribute to the positive potential of the field of synthetic biology. It was held in Washington DC on Sept. 29-30, 2010.

    Latest UpdateAugust 9, 2012

  • In Progress
    Series of summits for leading scientists and engineers, educators, policy leaders, innovators and corporate executives to sustain critical dialogue and engagement with grand challenges

    Latest UpdateFebruary 15, 2017

  • 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 foreign member who has upheld the ideals and principles of the NAE through professional, educational, and personal achievement and accomplishment. Awarded during NAE's annual meeting in October, ...

    Latest UpdateApril 3, 2018

  • 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
    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