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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. 

CAPT Frank G. Law, USN (Ret.)

Award: Frank G. Law Award
Year: 1980
CAPT Frank G. Law, USN (Ret.)
For outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Society through dedicated service as set forth in the following:

Captain Frank G. Law, USN (Ret.) served as Secretary-Treasurer from 1 July 1969 until 1 November 1980, stepping in voluntarily after his retirement with no other thought but that of lending support in a time of need for the Society. As he became more and more involved with the operation of the Society, he was able to perceive the problems and needs it would face in the years to come. His devotion to the Society, and belief in its mission and ideals, then motivated him to stay on and build upon its foundations a stronger and more self-sustaining organization.

The excellent condition of the Society at the time of his retirement from the position of Secretary-Treasurer is testimony to Captain Law's unique success in achieving such growth and development. The Corporate structure has been formalized, with a firm financial base which supports an ASNE Scholarship Program and sustains the Local ASNE Sections throughout the Nation.

Much of Captain Law's success can be attributed to his own personal leadership and dynamism. Of unfailing good nature, yet firm and uncompromising when it comes to old-fashioned principles, his fine professional reputation and unquestioned trustworthiness made him ideal for the job of managing the business of a Society composed of both elders and juniors.

A naval officer first, Captain Law has personified in his years as Secretary Treasurer for the ASNE the professionalism of a naval engineer just as he did during his years of active duty in the Navy. The most exemplary service he gave to the American Society of Naval Engineers has inspired the Society to establish the Frank G. Law Award, to be given annually to that individual considered by the Membership to have best exemplified such service toward the betterment of the Society. It is natural that CAPT Frank G. Law, USN (Ret.), is most eminently qualified to be the first recipient of this award.