About Us

The National Engineering Forum formed out of a partnership between the Lockheed Martin Corporation, Council on Competitiveness, and National Academy of Engineering, who share a common vision for transforming the way we perceive, experience, and prioritize engineering in this country.


Lockheed Martin Corporation

Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin Corporation is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services.

 “The American engineering enterprise is the foundation of our country.  Engineers are the innovators, the problem solvers and the leaders who will ensure our national security and prosperity as we meet tomorrow’s challenges. The sustainability of the engineering enterprise is paramount to maintaining our national leadership in a global economy.”

Jeffrey J. Wilcox
Vice President of Engineering
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Council on Competitiveness

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Founded in 1986, the Council on Competitiveness is a non-partisan and non-governmental organization of CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders working to set an action agenda to drive U.S. productivity and leadership in world markets and to raise the standard of living for all Americans.

“America’s future productivity, prosperity and security is a function of the roles engineers and the engineering profession play in our society. In an era of turbulence, transition and transformation, engineering leadership will be critical in building a strong foundation for America’s long-term growth and competitiveness.”

The Honorable Deborah L. Wince-Smith
President and CEO
Council on Competitiveness

National Academy of Engineering


Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The NAE has more than 2,000 peer-elected members and foreign associates, senior professionals in business, academia, and government who are among the world’s most accomplished engineers. They provide the leadership and expertise for numerous projects focused on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life.

“Engineers are job creators. Through design, manufacturing, innovation, and entrepreneurship they meet challenges, field new products, and keep us competitive. Our nation must advance the quantity, quality, and diversity of its future engineering workforce to fuel our economy and advance U.S. leadership on the world stage.”

Dr. Charles M. Vest
Past President
National Academy of Engineering

The NEF Community

NEF regional dialogues are a cross-industry, action-oriented series of invitation-only discussions culminating in a larger cornerstone event to define and chart the leadership role the U.S. engineering community must take in the global marketplace to secure our economic future. The forum brings together engineering leaders of companies concerned about the sustainability of the engineering field and the future engineering workforce in the United States with leaders in academia, policymakers, media, entrepreneurs, engineering societies, and relevant NGOs.