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Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone (703) 836-6727
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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. Troy H. Kaichen

Frank C. Jones Award - Major Maintenance and Alterations
Mr. Troy H. Kaichen
Awarded for his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following


Mr. Kaichen’s journey started in 1967 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and has culminated in a 50+ year career striving to modernize and make the Naval Shipyards and the ships they service, the best they can be. Our Naval shipyards are often referred to as national treasures as they underpin the success of the U.S. Navy and well being of our Nation. Mr. Kaichen has dedicated his entire career and made substantial impact through his perseverance and dedication to the success of the teams and teammates, to the continuous modernization of these Naval Shipyards and to better deliver on Navy readiness. Mr. Kaichen’s story is one of vision, leadership and continuous self-improvement.

Over the years, Mr. Kaichen fulfilled many roles at the Portsmouth Naval yard from Journeyman machinist to Shipyard's Operations Manager responsible for all production. In January 2011, at his request, he was assigned as the electronic technical work document (eTWD) Project Manager. Mr. Kaichen leads a cross functional team consisting of subject matter experts from all four Naval Shipyards, the Navy's Information Technology community and Industry tasked with redefining the way the Navy's Shipyards perform depot maintenance. The (eTWD) team under Mr. Kaichen’s leadership and guidance, pioneered new technologies and processes to automate and revolutionize how shipyard mechanics, engineers and support codes perform and document the work performed on submarines and aircraft carriers.

After years of careful planning and diligent project management, overcoming unforeseen obstacles and maintaining strict process controls, the eTWD tool is in its initial rollout. When fully implemented, eTWD will allow for near real time problem identification, accelerate problem resolution, reduce ship maintenance costs and facilitate the non-stop execution of work concept, positioning our shipyards for continuous advancement. Mr. Kaichen’s expert project execution provided the needed balance between introducing new capability, maintaining core functionality and adhering to strict data security requirements to make this project a success.

Naval Shipyards perform a unique mission in National defense, and Mr. Troy Kaichen is performing an equally unique mission in the service of those Naval Shipyards. The eTWD approach to industrial work management is the most significant advancement the Naval Shipyards have made in modernizing industrial work processes in last thirty years. Mr Kaichen introduced new technologies, broke down old barriers and dedicated his entire professional career to delivering a new level of excellence for generations of Navy sailors. For his insight and lifetime of service to our nation, the American Society of Naval Engineers is privileged to present Mr. Troy H. Kaichen the 2019 RADM Frank C. Jones award.