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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. 


Robert G. Keane, Jr., Peter E. Jaquith, CAPT Barry F. Tibbitts, USN (Ret.), Timothy Mierzwicki, Jeffrey J. Hough, Dr. Joseph T. (Tim) Arcano, Jr.
For the best original paper published in the Naval Engineers Journal during 2018; Rapid Warship Acquisition: A Case for Fundamental Change in Design and Acquisition Policy


The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) recently called for finding ways around and through the acquisition process to allow for more classes of ships to be designed and built more quickly. More rapid warship acquisition is an excellent strategy for the Navy to respond to changing threats and emerging technologies. This strategy would allow the Navy to wait longer for technology to be developed before starting a new warship development. The ability to then move quickly would provide the Navy the ability to introduce a continuous stream of warships responsively and sharply focused on real fleet needs - a powerful weapon in changing situations. Rapid warship acquisition does not mean skipping steps or using a “quick-and-dirty” approach. In fact, implementing a rapid, robust warship design strategy involves putting in place a continuing collaborative concept formulation (CONFORM) initiative long before the start of an acquisition program, and when ship design begins, using resources more intensively, through heavier staffing and dedicating people full-time early in design. The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) have invested heavily in sustaining healthy in-house Navy ship design capabilities (people, processes, tools, specifications and standards, and communications) and for the past fifteen years have provided leadership for the Navy’s Center for Innovation in Ship Design (CISD). The authors outline an approach to slash the transition time from design to delivery by combining highly successful ship acquisition strategies of the past with new rapid design space exploration tools and powerful lean design and production engineering techniques that have been tried and proven by foreign shipyards and commercial product developers