1423 Powhatan St., Suite 1
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone (703) 836-6727
Fax (703) 836-7491
Email: asnehq@navalengineers.org


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. 

Mr. Joseph D. Peterson


 Claud A. Jones Award 


Recipient: Mr. Joseph D. Peterson

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



Mr. Joseph D. Peterson was a key element of a team that was tasked by PEO IWS 1.0 to develop a high level concept of operations (CONOP) centered on mobile logistics, emergent maintenance and repair response of Aegis ships at war. Mr. Peterson spearheaded those forward-thinking discussions, having previously provided on-site technical assistance with the damage assessments of USS Cole (DDG 67), USS Porter (DDG 78), and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), which had sustained damage from terrorist actions, at-sea-collisions, and Missile System Test mishaps.

The at-sea collision between the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and M/V ACX Crystal in June of 2017 ushered the draft CONOP developed by Mr. Peterson to become doctrine overnight. Mr. Peterson was dispatched as the first of the Phase 0 personnel deployed and served as the Combat Systems Project Engineer. He conducted triage of the Aegis Combat System and assisted the Vertical Launch System SMEs that performed an assessment of missiles onboard to determine if safe offload could be accomplished. Mr. Peterson interacted with senior leadership of Commander Seventh Fleet and Commander Pacific Fleet to provide an accurate and deliberate plan to put the USS Fitzgerald on an expedited path to wholeness.

That experience was key in assessing the damage from the at-sea collision between the USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), and the Liberian-registered oil tanker Alnic MC. As with DDG 62, Mr. Peterson was the early responder awaiting DDG 56 to enter port to conduct initial damage assessments. His technical input was invaluable. During these emergent events, Mr. Peterson’s coordination and judgment afforded invaluable knowledge transfer, and had a profound impact and advantage on Fleet readiness, assisting in sustaining maritime superiority and keeping our Navy the dominating force in the world.

For his unwavering dedication as the Emergent Response Integrated Warfare System On-Site Team Lead for USS Fitzgerald and the USS McCain collisions, as well as his teamwork and leadership as a Combat System Project Engineer on numerous Chief of Naval Operations availabilities providing valuable insight into triage, investigation, prioritization, repair, and assessment of combat weapon systems, it is the American Society of Naval Engineers’ honor to recognize Mr. Joseph D. Peterson as the recipient of the 2017 Claud A. Jones award for fleet engineering.