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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. Jack W. Abbott and Mr. Charles M. Atchison

Award: "Jimmie" Hamilton Award 


Mr. Jack W. Abbott and Mr. Charles M. Atchison


For the best original paper published in the Naval Engineers Journal during the year 1976 as set forth in the following: 

The bases for this selection were the professionalism of the subject matter, depth of treatment, the importance of the contribution with respect to its lasting technical value to the profession, individual effort which sets an example and serves as incentive for future Naval Engineering authors, clarity of composition, style, and manner of presentation. 

Mr. Abbott's and Mr. Atchison's paper "Pneumatics - An Analysis for Auxiliary Power Use" which appeared in the April 1976 issue of the Naval Engineers Journal, is a major contribution to literature in the naval engineering field. It not only meets all the selection criteria established for this singular award, but in addition offers a potential alternate method for powering auxiliary equipment using pneumatics technology, particularly in high performance ships. 

Considering the significant implications that the use of pneumatics technology in powering selective shipboard systems could have in lowering cost, weight, energy consumption and human resources reqUirements in future ship designs, the need for such technology transfer has never been greater. The authors have properly stated the importance and advantages of such technology transfer and have identified the risks in selecting suitable candidate shipboard systems that operate in an environment and with a maintenance philosophy substantially different from the typical aircraft and shore based pneumatic applications which have proven successful in industry over the past 25 years. Toward this end, the paper has made a valuable and innovative contribution in providing a sound framework for future expansion of the authors' recommendations concerning the type of trade-off analyses that must be made if the Navy designer is to transfer technology successfully from systems developments in other fields of industry to the design of new naval ships. 

This contribution to the literature of the naval engineering profession by Messrs. Abbott and Atchison make them well qualified to receive the 1976 "Jimmie Hamilton" Award.