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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. 

Mr. Benjamin W. Lankford, Jr.

Award: "Jimmie" Hamilton Award 


Mr. Benjamin W. Lankford, Jr.


For the best original paper published in the Naval Engineers Journal during the year 1967 as set forth in the following: 

The basis for this selection was made on the professionalism of the subject matter; depth of treatment; the importance of the contribution with respect to its lasting value to the profession; individual effort which would serve as an incentive and encouragement to future Naval Engineering authors; and finally on the clarity of the composition, style and manner of presentation. 

Mr. Lankford's paper "The Structural Design of the ASR Catamaran Cross-Structure," which appeared in the August 1967 issue of the Naval Engineers Journal, outstandingly fulfilled the criteria. From his original approach to the assessment of dynamic loadin g resulting from wave induced forces and moments on the cross-structure of a sea-going catamaran hull design and his development of a useful design procedure to meet the developed load conditions, Mr. Lankford has pointed the way for important future developments in the design of catamarans and other floating marine structures where bending and shear in two dimensions resulting from wave action are involved. 

Mr. Lankford's achievement in the authorship of this paper for the Naval Engineering profession highly qualifies him for the first ASNE "Jimmie" Hamilton Award.