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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. 

LT James A. Novotny, USCG

Award: Claud A. Jones Award 


LT James A. Novotny, USCG


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

Lieutenant Novotny has substantially improved the operational and material readiness of the Coast Guard’s cutter and boat fleet in direct support of the Coast Guard roles in Homeland Defense and the Global War on Terrorism while serving in the Naval Engineering Division at Coast Guard Headquarters and as the Assistant Section Chief for Patrol and Standard Boats at Maintenance And Logistics Command, Atlantic.  He planned and effectively executed the first expeditionary deployment of Coast Guard patrol boat forces in thirty years to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Additionally, he planned and implemented improvements to prepare Coast Guard boats for an enhanced role in support of homeland security and he substantially improved the material and operational readiness of the Coast Guard boat fleet.


Lieutenant Novotny’s superb planning and his exceptional knowledge of the capabilities and material condition of the Coast Guard’s 110’ patrol boats enabled him to effectively prepare eight patrol boats for deployment to the Persian Gulf and to provide them with ongoing maintenance and logistic support that has sustained high operational readiness despite an operating tempo nearly three times the normal level.  He also played a lead role in the systematic assessment, repair and improvement of the Coast Guard fleet of more than 1700 boats, and he was instrumental in building a consensus for approval to recapitalize a major portion of the boat fleet. 


Lieutenant Novotny has skillfully demonstrated exceptional leadership, a superb grasp of operational requirements and insightful planning in preparing Coast Guard boats and cutters to meet increased demands both at home and overseas in support of the global war on terror.  His dedication and devotion to duty are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard and the American Society of Naval Engineers. His efforts stand as an outstanding example for Fleet Engineers throughout the sea services.  He is most deserving of the Claud A Jones Award for 2003.