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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. Peter A. Gale

Award: "Jimmie" Hamilton Award 


Mr. Peter A. Gale


For the best original paper published in the Naval Engineers Journal during 1975. The bases for this selection were the professionalism of the subject matter, depth of treatment, the importance of the subject, its lasting technical value to the profession, and the individual effort setting an example for future naval engineering authors as an incentive for c1arity of composition, style, and manner of presentation. 

Mr. Gale's paper "Margins in Naval Surface Ship Design" in the April issue of the Journal is a major contribution which not only meets all the selection criteria established for this award, but also highlights an area of major concern to the naval ship designer in the current cost constraint environment. Considering the enormous implications that margins have on ship performance and adaptability on the one hand and cost onthe other, the need for an adequate policy has never been greater for a cost constrained yet optimum performance ship. 

Margin policy must be understood and accepted to be employed successfully, and to this end Mr. Gale's paper has made a valuable and lasting contribution as well as forming a sound framework for future expansion of his recommendations concerning the critical and controversial subject of margin policy. This contribution to the literature of the naval engineering profession by Mr. Gale makes him well qualified to receive the Jimmie Hamilton Award for 1975.