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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. John J. Nachtsheim

Award: Frank G. Law Award 


Mr. John J. Nachtsheim


For outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Society through dedicated service as set forth in the following:

John J. Nachtsheim has been an active member of ASNE since 1958, giving generously of his time to the Society. He served as President in 1976-1977, Chairman of the Nominating Committee in 1977-1978 and Chairman of the Centennial Fundraising Committee.

As a recognized expert in ship design and a Professional Engineer for over 40 years, Mr. Nachtsheim has made invaluable contributions to ASNE. His credibility and standing in the community from which ASNE receives much of its support has been a major factor in the growth and success of the Society. The significance of Mr. Nachtsheim's achievement in raising over $350,000 for the Centennial Celebration cannot be overstated. 

As a result, the Centennial was a complete success in every respect. Mr. Nachtsheim's ability to organize an effective team, provide innovative ideas, and professionally solicit funds ensured the financial viability of the Centennial. ASNE is most fortunate to have such a skilled team player and contributor to the Society. In view of this exemplary performance, John J. Nachtsheim is uniquely qualified to be the recipient of the 1988 Frank G. Law Award.