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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. 

Craig A. Nickol

Award: "Jimmie" Hamilton Award 


Mr. Craig A. Nickol


For the best original paper published in the Naval Engineers Journal during the year 1997 as set forth in the following 

Mr. Nickol’s paper, "Future Naval Aircraft and Aircraft Carrier Design: A Study of Aircraft/Ship Interface," in the May 1997 issue of the Naval Engineers Journal is an important and timely contribution to the literature in the field of naval engineering.  It provides an objective and clearly presented analysis of design considerations that may shape the future of naval aviation for the next fifty years or more.


The design of naval aircraft is normally constrained, in part, by the capabilities and limitations of the ships from which they will operate.  Similarly, the type of aircraft it will carry has great influence on the design of an aircraft carrier.  Mr. Nickol presents analysis and a compelling argument that there is both opportunity and substantial reason to use a concurrent engineering approach and design future naval aircraft and aircraft carriers as an interdependent system.  The CVX program, which will pursue the first major changes in aircraft carrier design in over thirty years, together with the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program and studies related to future support aircraft, present an ideal opportunity to design for total system optimization, rather than sub-optimizing the individual components.   

Mr. Nickol’s paper provides rationale and a proposed approach to ensure that future naval aviation is more capable with lower life cycle cost.  His paper clearly advances the knowledge and practice of naval engineering in keeping with the highest ideals of the Naval Engineers Journal.  Mr. Nickol is indeed worthy of the Society’s 1997 "Jimmie" Hamilton Award.