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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. 

Mr. William F. Clifford

Award: Frank C. Jones Award 


Mr. William F. Clifford


With over 40 years of leadership experience in the United States Navy and private sector ship repair industry, Mr. William F. Clifford has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to productivity and quality which has yielded marked improvements in U.S. Navy Fleet Maintenance.

In his position as President of BAE Systems Ship Repair, Mr. Clifford directs an industry leader in non-nuclear ship repair, conversion, and modernization. Under his guidance, policies and procedures have been established to ensure Lessons Learned were shared and executed across multiple shipyards, leading to significant savings and improved quality, and providing the Navy with greater value for available maintenance and modernization funds.

One of Mr. Clifford’s many notable initiatives was the establishment of an Aluminum Welding Center of Excellence to support the CG 47-class aluminum superstructure repair initiative, providing universal technical procedures, qualification practices, and deck plate applications that resulted in effective aluminum welding and structural fitting in CG 47-class ships at reduced cost for the Navy. Additionally, capital investment and improved procedures initiated by Mr. Clifford have maximized efficiency in BAE facilities, and have provided an industry-leading safe working environment for employees.

Throughout his career, Mr. Clifford’s leadership and dedication have yielded great benefit to the ships and Sailors of the U.S. Navy Fleet, and he has earned the respect and admiration of employees and customers alike. He is, indeed, highly deserving of the 2011 ASNE Frank C. Jones Award.

Mr. William F. Clifford is President, BAE Systems Ship Repair, the United States’ leading non-nuclear ship repair, conversion, and modernization company, headquartered in Norfolk, VA. In this role, Mr. Clifford leads Ship Repair, its 5,000 employees, and its eight business areas, including full service shipyards in Norfolk, VA, San Diego, CA, San Francisco, CA, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Jacksonville, FL, and Mobile, AL, as well as a satellite facility in Mayport, FL.

Mr. Clifford was most recently the Vice President and General Manager of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, providing ship repair, maintenance, and modernization services to the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic Fleet and other government and commercial maritime customers. In his twenty-one years in the private sector, he has been in senior management positions in several shipyards, including Managing Partner of Pacific Shipyards International, LLC, a Hawaii consortium of Honolulu Shipyard, Inc. and Honolulu Marine, Inc., from 2001-2005. Additionally, he was the Director of Ship Completion at Bath Iron Works, and Vice President of New Construction at Atlantic Marine in Jacksonville, FL.

Prior to pursuing a career in the private sector ship repair industry, Mr. Clifford served on active duty in the U.S. Navy for twenty years, including tours on the USS Wallace L. Lind (DD-703), the USS Ault (DD-698), the USS Fairfax County (LST-1193), and as the Commanding Officer of the USS Papago (ATF-160). After obtaining a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Navy’s Postgraduate School in Monterey, he became an Engineering Duty Officer and subsequently obtained a subspecialty in diving and salvage. His shore assignments include Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Pacific Fleet Staff, and Commanding Officer of the Pearl Harbor Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity.

Mr. Clifford is a 1969 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.