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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. 

CDR Joshua J. LaPenna, USN

Award: "Jimmie" Hamilton Award 


CDR Joshua J. LaPenna, USN


For the best original paper published in the Naval Engineers Journal during the year 2010 as set forth in the following CITATION:

The paper “Surfacing Rescue Container Concept Design for Trident Submarines: Rethinking Submarine Search and Rescue” was published in the Naval Engineers Journal, Winter 2010, Volume 122, Number 1 edition. The author presented an outstanding manuscript that describes a design of a submarine escape capsule, or surfacing rescue container (SRC), intended for use onboard the US Navy's next-generation ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) but may be back-fitted on current US Navy Ohio Class and UK Royal Navy Vanguard Class submarines with significant alterations.

The author describes the results of technical analyses including a minimum weight design approach for internally stiffened right circular cylinders exposed to external hydrostatic pressure, an analytical and numerical structural analysis of imperfect ring stiffened cylinders with end-caps, and a seakeeping analysis for SRCs of cylindrical shape.

The author presents a compelling explanation that only escape methods (i.e., not rescue methods) can provide an exit within the first hour of a submarine sinking. For this reason, solely relying on a strategy that forces men to await rescue is ill-posed; it dissuades men from acting quickly at shallow and intermediate depths, and after a short time, puts them in a situation in which individual escape is no longer an option. This insight provides the basis for a well articulated design that might be used to correct this situation for future submarines, potentially saving the lives of the crew in such emergency situations.

The author’s explanation of the fundamental principles involved, in both clearly written and well-presented graphical forms, clearly puts forth his concepts and makes this an exceptional technical paper. The author demonstrated superior knowledge of the subject matter, and explained it so that a wide audience can benefit from the results of his study, and he is highly deserving of the Society’s 2010 “Jimmie” Hamilton Award.