The Solberg Award, presented annually since 1967, is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to naval engineering through personal research during the past three years. The award is named for Rear Admiral Thorwald A. Solberg, who was President of ASNE in 1949 concurrent with his tenure as the third Chief of Naval Research. Admiral Solberg's greatest forte was the pursuit of basic and applied research leading to solutions of shipboard problems. His long career as a naval engineer and researcher inspired the naval engineering research and development profession and this award.
The nominee must have made a most significant contribution to naval engineering through personal research carried out during or culminating in the three-year period ending in the current year. Evidence of personal involvement in the research and specific assessment of the significance of the nominee's contribution should be submitted. If, for security reasons, the details of the research cannot be publicly disclosed, the statement should be sufficiently specific for recognition of the accomplishment by those qualified to assess it.