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The Past Half Century of Engineering – and a Look Forward

At its annual meeting on September 28-29, 2014, the National Academy of Engineering celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding. A highlight of the meeting was a forum of distinguished speakers who discussed engineering achievements of the last 50 years and looked to potential engineering achievements in the next 50 years. The new National Academies Press publication, “The Past Half Century of Engineering – and a Look Forward,” summarizes their presentations.

image  Source: National Academies Press

If you have set up a MyNAP account as described in my 14 March 2015 post, you can download a pdf copy of this document for free from NAP at the following link:

http://www.nap.edu/catalog/21702/the-past-half-century-of-engineering—and-a-look-forward

National Academies Press (NAP)

The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academy of SciencesNational Academy of EngineeringInstitute of Medicine, and National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States.   The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine, providing authoritative information on important matters in science and health policy. NAP offers more than 5,000 titles in PDF format.  All of these PDFs can be downloaded for free by the chapter or the entire book.

If you do not already have a NAP account (free), then you can do this easily by clicking on the following link:

http://www.nap.edu/content/about-the-national-academies-press

At this site, you will see a “Help” column on the right side of the page.  Under the heading “Using NAP.edu”, select “MyNAP”. On this new page, follow the instructions under “Getting Started” and register for your account.  Once you have an account, you’ll be able to select and download the NAP pdf documents you find interesting.  You also should receive periodic e-mails announcing the availability of new NAP publications.

I hope you’ll find NAP to be a valuable resource.