National Academy of Engineering

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The United States National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a renowned American professional organization based in Washington, DC , founded in 1964. The engineering society takes up interdisciplinary questions from the fields of technology, technology and society. It examines the technical effects on quality of life , publishes studies, organizes symposia and informs the public. Being elected a member of the NAE is one of the highest honors an engineer can achieve in his professional life.

In 2018, the National Academy of Engineering had 2,555 members, according to its annual report, of which about 56 percent come from academia and about 36 percent from industry.

The NAE is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine , which also includes


The National Academy of Engineering awards several prizes, including the Charles Stark Draper Prize , the Bernard M. Gordon Prize, and the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize .


To become a member, one must be proposed by an existing member and receive supporting references from three other active or emeritus members. In order to be nominated, the candidate must also be known for their professional integrity. Individuals cannot apply themselves.

Outstanding personalities must demonstrate significant performance in one or both of the following categories:

  • Research in the technical field, professional experience in the technical field or theoretical training in the technical field, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to technical literature.
  • Pioneering new and developing technology fields, showing great advances in traditional engineering fields, developing and implementing innovative approaches in engineering education or engineering management experience on large projects.

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Individual evidence

  1. Programs
  2. Members. National Academy of Engineering, September 16, 2019, accessed September 14, 2019 .
  3. National Academy of Engineering (Ed.): Annual Report 2018 . 2019, p. 3 (English, online ).
  4. ^ NAE: Becoming a Member. NAE, accessed July 31, 2019 .