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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. 

CAPT Richard H. Funke, USN

Award: Claud A. Jones Award 


CAPT Richard H. Funke, USN


For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

Captain Funke has been at the forefront of operational marine engineering and associated training for the past four years first as a branch head at CINCLANTFLT Propulsion Examining Board and then as the action officer for the stand-up and first director of the Engineering Training Group, Atlantic within the Afloat Training Organization.  He has also worked extensively in operational logistics and officer technical education.

During his tenure at the Propulsion Examining Board, he conducted nearly 100 Light Off Examination and Operational Propulsion Plant Examinations.  He pioneered the concept of the PEB as a fleet support agency through active participation and submission of cross-ship issue papers to annual HM&E Conferences, Steam Generating Plant Inspector seminars, CO Damage Control and Firefighting Working Group, and OpNav Conventional Marine Propulsion Training Steering Committee.


While still conducting examinations for the CINCLANTFLT PEB, Captain Funke was tasked to plan and execute the stand-up of the Engineering Training Group (ETG), Atlantic within the Afloat Training Organization.  The culture of engineering training was shifted from inspection based to motivational.  The Engineering Training Group provides consistent engineering training standardized with the Propulsion Examining Board.


Captain Funke has greatly increased training and knowledge, and improved the material condition of U.S. Navy ships.  His contributions over the past four years to the improvement of operational engineering are truly deserving of the Claud A. Jones Award for 1993.