ASNE is the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems. ASNE also serves the educators who train the professionals, researchers who develop related technology, and students who are preparing for the profession. Society activities provide support for the U.S. Navy; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Marine Corps; U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Army.
ASNE is the seventh oldest technical society in the United States. It was founded in 1888 by a group of naval engineering pioneers, most of them officers of the U.S. Navy's Engineering Corps, who sought a unified approach to their profession in order to make the most of new advances in technology. The purposes of ASNE are:
- to advance the knowledge and practice of naval engineering in public and private applications and operations,
- to enhance the professionalism and well-being of members, and
- to promote naval engineering as a career field.
For over 125 years, the Society’s objectives have been strengthened and preserved to meet the changing needs of a time-honored profession. Today ASNE conducts a variety of technical meetings and symposia, publishes the highly regarded Naval Engineers Journal and a number of other technical proceedings and publications, and fosters professional development and technical information exchange through technical committees, local section activities and cooperative efforts with government organizations and other professional societies.
The Society's annual meeting, ASNE Day, is typically held in February of each year in the Washington, DC, area. The meeting features major addresses by high level industry and government leaders and panel discussions by leading members of the profession. It also includes presentation and discussion of technical papers on a variety of timely naval engineering topics, presentation of the Society's prestigious annual awards and a large exposition with government and industry exhibits covering the full spectrum of naval engineering technology. ASNE Day is highlighted by the Society’s annual Honors Gala, attended by hundreds of executives and senior managers from both government and industry.
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The ASNE logo was first approved by the Council in January 1897 and it was based on the uniform insignia worn at the time by officers of the U.S. Navy Engineering Corps – the community that had founded the Society in 1888. At that time the Engineering Corps was a staff corps and the stripes worn on the sleeves of their blue service dress uniforms were gold stripes with red cloth between the stripes, and the staff insignia that they wore was four oak leaves arranged in a cross. Subsequently in 1899 the Engineering Corps was discontinued and those officers were made Line Officers, restricted to Engineering Duty Only, in order to better integrate their rank structure with officers of the Unrestricted Line. Thus their uniform insignia became the same as the Unrestricted Line – gold stripes on the blue uniform background with gold star insignia. However, ASNE retained the original design for the logo in recognition of our heritage.