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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 Robert G. Butler, Jr., USN

Award: Claud A. Jones Award 


CDR Robert G. Butler, Jr., USN


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

As Commanding Officer of Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity Norfolk, Commander Butler has excelled in developing and coordinating product and process improvements, work integration, and production control services for all assigned platforms.  He has superbly executed many challenging and extremely difficult tasks while simultaneously preparing each battle group for successful deployments.  He has eliminated excess maintenance infrastructure, conducted maintenance process improvement to enhance responsiveness to the customer, and reduced life cycle costs.


Commander Butler’s exceptional technical knowledge, personal leadership, and desire to excel have been vital to keeping the surface ships and submarine force in the Atlantic Fleet operationally ready by consistently extending the service life of these essential resources. 


He has made sustained significant contributions to improving the material readiness of all Atlantic Fleet ships and submarines.  He continues to be a pacesetter in regional maintenance, establishing thirteen Regional Repair Centers in the last year; and he expanded the scope of his organization’s capabilities to include submarine repairs by becoming the first SIMA certified to perform SUBSAFE work. 


Commander Butler has led SIMA Norfolk to recognition as the best military maintenance unit in the Department of Defense.  He is an outstanding asset to both the Department of Defense and the U. S. Navy.  Commander Butler is most deserving of the Claud A. Jones Fleet Engineer Award.