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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. 

Dominic S. Cusanelli and Lowry Hundley

Award: "Jimmie" Hamilton Award 


Mr. Dominic S. Cusanelli and Lowry Hundley


For the best original paper published in the Naval Engineers Journal during the year 1999 as set forth in the following: 

The paper “Stern Flap Powering Performance on a Spruance Class Destroyer: Ship Trials and Model Experiments” was presented at the ASNE and SNAME sponsored “From Research to Reality In Ship Systems Engineering” Symposium on September 18, 1998 and published in the Naval Engineers Journal of March 1999. The paper is a significant documentation of the practical application of scientific principles to improve the hydrodynamic performance of existing hull forms to produce significant life cycle fuel cost-savings.


Through model and full scale testing it was determined that significant powering improvements could be made on Spruance class destroyers and Ticonderoga class cruisers by low cost retrofit of a stern flap appendage. The stern flap is a small extension of the hull bottom surface aft of the transom, which is designed through model scale experiments. The paper describes the physics and mechanisms that account for improved performance. As a part of the process, full-scale powering improvements are predicted and subsequently validated through full-scale installation and testing. Attendant life cycle fuel cost-avoidance values are also predicted and verified.


This paper captures the essence of engineering and the scientific method. Empirical data is derived from small-scale modeling based on hydrodynamic principles. The results are applied to a full-scale situation to validate the practical application. The proven modification is shown to produce a low-cost, high-return investment. This paper is most definitely in the tradition of advancing the knowledge and practice of naval engineering and is in keeping with the highest standards of the Naval Engineers Journal. The authors are most deserving of the Society’s 1999 “Jimmie” Hamilton Award.