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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 Steven R. Olson, USN

Award: "Jimmie" Hamilton Award 


LCDR Steven R. Olson, USN


For the best original paper published in the Naval Engineers Journal during the year 1978 as set forth in the following: 

LCDR Olson's paper, "An Evaluation of the Seakeeping Qualities of Naval Combatants," which was published in the February 1978 issue of the Naval Engineers Journal. is a major contribution to the literature in the field of Naval Engineering. It not only meets all of the above selection criteria but, more importantly, represents a degree of quality that marks him as worthy of recognition by his peers and this Society.

Severe ship motion in a seaway can often jeopardize and severely limit the mission utility of naval combatants, and seriously degrade the performance effectiveness of shipboard personnel and installed weapons systems. The ship designer must have the ability early in the ship design process to assess accurately and quickly the severity of such mission-limiting phenomenon as bottom slamming, deck wetness, sonar dome emergence, and aircraft platform motion so that ship configuration details may be altered to improve motion response characteristics before the ship design is frozen. In his paper, LCDR Olson has presented the results of a methodical analysis of seakeeping and ship response to a seaway and has described an effective means for evaluating the impact of such motion on mission effectiveness during the early ship design stages. It is anticipated that the methodology developed by LCDR Olson in this paper will have far-reaching implications in ship development and will provide naval ship designers with an ability to evaluate effectively the seakeeping qualities in the early stages of the ship design process. 

Through his paper, LCDR Olson brings forcefully to the forefront the fact that useful criteria for assessing weapon systems effectiveness in a seaway is woefully lacking, and that such data are essential if one is to be able to determine the impact of ship motion on mission effectiveness. In developing this treatise, he has made a valuable and lastingcontribution to the naval engineering profession and to the literature and is well qualified to receive the 1978 "Jimmie" Hamilton Award.