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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. 

CAPT James L. McVoy, USN (Ret.)

Award: "Jimmie" Hamilton Award 


CAPT James L. McVoy, USN (Ret.)


For the best original paper published in the Naval Engineers Journal during the year 1979 as set forth in the following: 

Capt. McVoy's "Prediction of a Submarine's Trajectory by an Approximate Solution to Its Equations of Motion," published in the August 1978 Journal, is a major contribution to the literature in the field of Naval Engineering. Rapid developments in submarine state-of-the-art in the areas of maneuverability and deep submergence, plus concern over submarine emergency recovery capabilities, have led to increased interest in the area of submarine motion prediction over the past fifteen years. Reasonable simulation of submarine maneuvering in most scenario conditions has been achieved by the use of analog and digital techniques when ship motion characteristics based on model tests are known. However, little success has been experienced in the development of closed form analytical techniques. 

Captain McVoy has made a major contribution towards this goal. His method of approximate solution to the equations of motion permits accurate assessment of submarine trajectory in terms of speed, depth, and ship advance. The techniques developed by Captain McVoy will have far reaching implications in submarine conceptual design development. The analytical methods presented will provide a valuable tool for assessing the maneuvering characteristics of new conceptual design submarines and should offer the operator more insight into the dynamics of a submarine platform. 

Through his paper, Captain McVoy provides the first known closed form analytical method for close approximation of a submarine trajectory. For developing this treatise, the 1979 award is presented for his valuable and lasting contribution to the literature and to the naval engineering profession.