1452 Duke Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone (703) 836-6727
Fax (703) 836-7491
Email: asnehq@navalengineers.org


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 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.

Our website is designed to not only serve our members, but also to support scholars, students and others interested in the varied field of naval engineering.  We welcome your suggestions on ways we can improve your experience. 

Previous Course Offerings

The courses below have been previously offered at ASNE events or as standalone courses. If you are interested in more information about any of the courses mentioned below please contact ASNE at (703) 836-6727 or education@navalengineers.org.

An Introduction to Combat System Engineering (8 hrs)
The Intro to Combat System Engineering course is designed to introduce the student to the basic principles, processes and products of Combat System Engineering. The purpose is to present a systematic approach for the development and management of complete Combat Systems utilizing a structured, disciplined, and documented systems engineering approach. The approach enables multidisciplinary teamwork and product development needed to satisfy war fighter requirements.

Electrical Power Basics (4 hrs)
Electrical power system ratings in cruise and navy ships are growing fast, approaching 100 megawatts at 11 kilovolts or higher in some ships. This course provides an overview of shipboard electrical power systems and electrical machines in a simplified manner suitable for all engineers and managers interested in electrical power. It covers traditional as well as new and emerging electrical equipment in the marine industry. Although the coverage will be around the shipboard systems, the course will be somewhat generic to make it useful to a wide variety of professionals working wherever the electrical power is used: on ships, shipyards, inland factories, or offshore and far-shore installations (oil and gas rigs, wind energy farms, etc.)

Foundations of Cyber Security (4 hrs)
This short course provides an overview of why security of the cyber infrastructure has become a critical requirement, principles of managing security of different applications with differing security requirements, basic principles of cyber security. The specific topics to that will be discussed are:

  • Types of attacks and attackers
  • Targets: IT Systems versus Naval Systems
  • Why Security failures cannot be eliminated and need managed?
  • Security attributes to be protected – confidentiality, integrity and availability, accountability and non-repudiation
  • Cyber risk and threat analysis
  • Malware types and how they work
  • Principles of Cyber security
  • Identification, Authentication and Authorization
  • Basics of Cryptography
  • Network Security
  • Web Security
  • Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) security
  • Securing the mobile cyber infrastructure

International Naval Design Standards (4 hrs)
As budgets have become more and more restrictive, and navies worldwide rely more and more on commercial practices and standards for the core of their warship designs, there has been a continuing trend away from traditional naval design approaches, and towards a baseline centered in common international requirements.

Factors such as acquisition reform initiatives of the 1990’s, and a decreased emphasis on national military design documents, have navies worldwide relying on a more global approach to design and acquisition through instruments and organizations such as ASTM F25 Committee, ISO TC8, NATO’s standard ANEP 77, and Classification Society Rules and Guides such as the ABS Rules for Building and Classing High Speed Naval Craft (HSNC) and International Naval Ship Guide (draft). This course will provide a broad overview to two ABS rule sets and the NATO standard.

Intro to Autonomous Systems (4 hrs)
This short course will focus on fundamentals of autonomous vehicle systems including motion modeling, motion planning and control, sensing and perception, and communication and human/system interaction. These topics will be discussed in the context of the wide variety of autonomous systems research and development projects undertaken within the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems over the past decade.

Intro to Commonality Short Course (4 hrs)
The Intro to Commonality Short Course is an introductory course to familiarize engineers, program personnel, and shipbuilders with the basics of Commonality and the Virtual Shelf. During this 4-hour course, students will be introduced to the concept of Commonality including the use of Deep Dives to determine lowest total ownership cost. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in a demonstration of the Virtual Shelf. As this is an introductory course, there are no pre-requisites.

Intro to Power Electronics (4 hrs)
This course provides an introduction to power electronics in a simplified manner suitable for all interested in the subject. No other technology has brought a greater change in the electrical power industry than the power electronics that has been developed over the last few decades. It improves energy efficiency and provides flexibility in operation. For that reason, power electronics dominates electric propulsion equipment in modern cruise and navy ships with electrical power plant approaching 100 megawatts. The course will be somewhat generic to make it useful to a wide variety of professionals working wherever the electrical power is used or generated: on ships, shipyards, inland factories, or offshore and far-shore renewable power plants extracting energy from the marine currents and the ocean winds.

Marine Systems I Short Course (4 hrs)
The Marine Systems I short course is an introductory course to familiarize new technical and non-technical personnel with the basics of ship systems. During this 4-hour course, students will be introduced to the primary ship systems including system functionality and purpose as well as examples of typical components, arrangements, and interaction with other ship systems.

Maintained Systems Short Course (4 hrs)
This course is designed to provide the naval engineering professional a basic understanding of the underlying principles used in the design of complex systems for maintenance and the development and execution of the maintenance processes. It also provides an overview of current industry practices.

Ship Seakeeping and Small Boat Dynamics During Launch & Recovery
This course will provide a basic understanding of ship motions in a seaway, with particular emphasis on the impact on launch and recovery operations. Upon completion of the course, participants will have the ability to intelligently develop or assess seakeeping performance requirements relating to Launch and Recovery, as well as having an understanding of the advantages and limitations of available prediction methodologies.