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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. 

LCDR Henry W. Schab, USN (Ret) and George F. Wilhelmi

Award: "Jimmie" Hamilton Award 


LCDR Henry W. Schab, USN (Ret) and George F. Wilhelmi


For the best original paper published in the Naval Engineers Journal during the year 1977 as set forth in the following: 

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

Mr. Wilhelmi's and Mr. Schab's paper "Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) Piping for Shipboard Application," which was published in the April 1977 Naval Engineers Journal. is a major contribution to the literature in the field of Naval Engineering. It not only meets all the selection criteria, but it also offers a potential method for providing a corrosion-free, lightweight, low-cost alternative to the use of metallic piping materials aboard both U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and commercial surface ships. 

The need to provide improved materials for piping systems is currently a challenge, particularly as the U.S. NAVY continues to develop such advanced high performance craft as the Surface Effect Ship and the Amphibious Assault Landing Craft. Considering the weight and maintenance requirements of present-day metallic piping, the authors have presented GRP as a worthy alternative material with many potential benefits, and their paper contributes substantially to the knowledge needed to set the standards required for certifying shipboard piping materials. The potential problems, the proposed solutions, and the expressed need for developing a military specification to ensure required GRP piping characteristics for general shipboard use are expressed, and thereby encourage the ship designer to include GRP piping in ship specifications and the materials industry to develop GRP piping to meet future shipbuilding requirements. Toward this end, the authors have made a valuable and lasting contribution to the naval engineering profession and to the literature which make them both worthy to receive the 1977 "Jimmie" Hamilton Award.