1423 Powhatan St., Suite 1
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone (703) 836-6727
Fax (703) 836-7491
Email: asnehq@navalengineers.org


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. 

Dr. Gilberto F.M. de Souza and Dr. Bilal Ayyub

Award: "Jimmie" Hamilton Award 


Dr. Gilberto F. M. de Souza and Dr. Bilal Ayyub, P.E.


For the best original paper published in the Naval Engineers Journal during the year 2000 as set forth in the following:

The paper, "Probabilistic Fatigue Life Prediction for Ship Structures Using Fracture Mechanics," was presented at the ASNE Day 2000 Annual Meeting and Exposition on May 19, 2000, and published in the Naval Engineers Journal of July 2000. This paper discusses and demonstrates the use of probabilistic linear elastic fracture mechanics to model fatigue of ship structure. Probabilistic analysis requires the use of reliability methods for assessing fatigue life by considering the crack propagation process and the uncertainties associated with it. As an improvement to the traditional probabilistic fatigue fracture approach, this paper presents a methodology for probabilistic analysis of ship structure fatigue failure considering the effects of the residual stresses induced by the hull fabrication process over the crack growth rate.

The application of Drs. de Souza and Ayyub's methodology can be viewed as a significant first step toward the ultimate goal of developing reliability-based design rules for ship structural fatigue based on fracture mechanics.

In developing and demonstrating this highly valuable methodology, the authors have made an important and lasting contribution to the naval engineering profession, and are worthy to receive the Society's 2000 "Jimmie" Hamilton Award, in keeping with the highest ideals of the Naval Engineers Journal.