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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. William A. Hockberger

Award: "Jimmie" Hamilton Award 


Mr. William A. Hockberger


For the best original paper published in the Naval Engineers Journal during the year 1996 as set forth in the following: 

The paper, "Total System Ship Design in a Supersystem Framework" in the May 1996 issue of the Naval Engineers Journal is a significant contribution to the literature in the field of naval engineering.  It easily meets all the selection criteria, particularly in its significance, coherence, and quality of presentation, making it worthy of recognition by the Society.


True systems engineering in the ship design process can be elusive.  The real meaning and implications of requirements are often not fully understood, and the subsequent development of a structure for conducting trade-off analyses and system optimization is often not effectively implemented.  This paper brings together the elements of a process to accomplish this; however, it pushes the process boundaries to include a much broader context than is normally considered.  As a result, it forms a foundation for true total systems engineering in ship design.


In promoting the advancement of the state-of-the-art through its thought provoking, well-structured and highly lucid presentation, this paper epitomizes the mission of the Society and the Naval Engineers Journal.  It definitely constitutes a contribution to the naval engineering profession and to its literature and is indeed worthy to receive the 1996 "Jimmie" Hamilton Award.