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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. Charles Zerbe

 Frank C. Jones Award 


Mr. Charles Zerbe


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

Through his tremendous skill and dedication, Mr. Charles Zerbe has kept Coast Guard vessels operating safely and efficiently all around the globe, passing his knowledge on to others who will continue this work far into the future. There are few other leaders in the history of Coast Guard Naval Engineering that have had such a profound and long-lasting impact to our Service and our Country.

His decade-long efforts to renovate and sustain the Coast Guard's entire Medium Endurance Cutter fleet, and a large portion of the patrol boat fleet, have had a sweeping impact on the Coast Guard's ability to successfully execute its missions. As a result of his leadership, the Coast Guard has seen a more than 30% improvement in operational readiness and substantially reduced maintenance costs for key equipment. These improvements enabled a collective interdiction of billions of dollars worth of illegal drugs and tens of thousands of illegal migrants being smuggled into the United States, the rescue of thousands of people, the protection of critical infrastructure from attack by terrorists both at home and in the Middle East, and the sustainability of fisheries and natural resources vital to the U.S. economy.

Moreover, Mr. Zerbe has been instrumental in the implementation of the Trades Training program. Through this program, Mr. Zerbe has helped provide a combination of hands-on training and classroom education designed to enable Coast Guard Yard employees to provide continued support to the Coast Guard fleet for decades to come. The program has resulted in qualifying students with trade certification and associate’s degrees and remains a highly effective recruiting tool for the Coast Guard Yard.

Mr. Zerbe’s commitment to the future of naval engineering in support of the U.S. Coast Guard makes him most deserving of recognition by the American Society of Naval Engineers Frank C. Jones Award for 2013.