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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. 

RADM Randolph W. King, USN (Ret.)

Award: Frank G. Law Award 


RADM Randolph W. King, USN (Ret.)


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

RADM Randolph W. King, USN (Ret.) became a member of ASNE in 1947, while a junior officer in the Navy. The ensuing years of his naval service as an Engineering Duty Officer were marked by achievement, distinction, and ultimately selection to flag rank. Throughout his naval career Admiral King consistently devoted considerable time and effort to the American Society of Naval Engineers, serving on various committees, on the Council and as President in 1975 and 1976. Randy King continued to participate in Society activities following his retirement from the Navy. For example, in 1983, while serving on the Professional Development Committee, he developed a system to profile the scope of naval engineering by disciplinary field, occupational specialty, and sector of employment. 

In 1985, with the Centennial of the Society three years in the future, it was only natural for the Society to ask Admiral King to  take on the responsibility for organizing, compiling, and editing a centennial history of Naval Engineering. No one could have been better suited for the role of editor of the centennial history than Randy King, for he is a storehouse of information on naval engineering and its history and has constantly set the highest standards of professional excellence and thoroughness for all responsibilities he has undertaken. The success of this project, which culminated in the publication of the 487-page history entitled Naval Engineering and American Sea Power, is well known. What is not well known, and for which a grateful Society also extends its everlasting thanks, is the immense amount of uncompensated time and effort Randy King contributed during the three-plus years the history was being written.  

For his many past and continuing unselfish contributions, often at enormous personal sacrifice, the Society is pleased and proud to award the 1989 Frank G. Law Award to Rear Admiral Randolph W. King, USN (Ret.).