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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. 

RADM John D. Beecher, USN (Ret.)

Award: Frank G. Law Award 


RADM John D. Beecher, USN (Ret.)


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

Rear Admiral John D. Beecher, USN (Ret.) has had a brilliant career as a naval engineer. He was the first naval officer to win the prestigious John Adolphas Dahlgren Award, commanded the Guided Missile Frigate Project, and as a flag officer served as Assistant Deputy Commander for AAW and Surface Warfare Systems in the Naval Sea Systems Command. During this time he has given papers and chaired sessions at technical meetings and symposia, and has published in the Naval Engineers Journal. 

What has to be regarded as no less remarkable is the breadth and depth of Admiral Beecher’s direct, personal  volunteer efforts on behalf of the Society. He is not known for just his service in elective office or on major committees, though these opportunities have been many. He was a member of the ASNE Council from 1981-1985, Vice President of the Society from 1985-1988, and a member of the Scholarship Committee, Combat Systems Committee, and Centennial History Editorial Board. In addition, he has been willing to tackle obscure tasks of considerable importance to the Society, serving on ad hoc committees and performing special tasks when asked. He has been active in Section liaison for over ten years. 

His recent personal, time consuming and highly successful effort to computerize the Society’s financial documents has enabled the Council to more effectively oversee the financial condition of the Society. Admiral Beecher has always exhibited an inexhaustible willingness to serve the Society and the profession of naval engineering. For his continual, selfless, personal effort over many years on behalf of the American Society of Naval Engineers, the Society is pleased and proud to present the Frank G. Law Award for 1990 to Rear Admiral John D. Beecher, USN (Ret.).