The mission of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is to advance the welfare and prosperity of the nation by providing independent advice on matters involving engineering and technology, and by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and public appreciation of engineering. Election to National Academy of Engineering membership is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. 

Members are affiliated with a primary and secondary section:
•    Aerospace
•    Bioengineering
•    Chemical Engineering
•    Civil and Environmental Engineering
•    Computer Science and Engineering
•    Electric Power/Energy Systems
•    Electronics, Communications & Information Systems
•    Industrial, Manufacturing & Operational Systems
•    Materials
•    Mechanical Engineering
•    Earth Resources
•    Special Fields & Interdisciplinary


Nomination for member (U.S. citizen) must be made by a current member of the Academy, with supporting references from two additional active or emeritus members. A candidate nomination for international member (non-U.S. citizen) may be made by a member or international member of the Academy, with supporting references from two additional Academy members, at least two of the signatories (nominator + references) must be from active members; emeritus members may also serve as primary references and up to two international members may serve as supplemental references. 

The call for nominations and reference support occurs between February and May; nomination packets are released only to members. Nominators and references are requested to maintain secrecy with regard to those being nominated for membership in the Academy. The entire membership of the NAE votes on the final list of nominees during the month of January with the results of the vote announced to the public in mid-February. The entire process is subject to strict confidentiality.

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