1423 Powhatan St., Suite 1
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone (703) 836-6727
Fax (703) 836-7491
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. 

CAPT J. Steve Smith, USN (Ret.)

Award: Frank G. Law Award 


CAPT J. Steve Smith, USN (Ret.)


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

Captain Steve Smith has made outstanding long-term contributions to the Society through exemplary service at both the Section and National levels. He has served as an elected officer at two Sections, as a member of Council, as Chairman of the Sections Committee for nine years, and is currently serving as a Vice President of the Society. In the capacity of Chairman, Sections Committee, CAPT Smith made extraordinary personal contributions to the growth, professional stature and efficient management of ASNE. Under his strong, even-handed leadership, Section competition was expanded, the Sections Manual and the Section Procedures Manual were developed and implemented, and inter-Section coordination  was enhanced resulting in improved technical programs and member services at the Section level. He also restructured the Sections Meeting at ASNE Day so that it could become a much more productive exchange between Section representatives, national officers, and the ASNE staff. 

In short, Capt. Smith effectively mobilized Section resources while representing Section interests to the Council. CAPT Smith also serve ASNE in elective positions at two different Sections, Delaware Valley and Jacksonville. Thus he brought to the office of Committee Chairman an understanding of the challenges faced at the Section level and was able to utilize that experience to implement needed improvements in the administration of the Section’s programs. CAPT Smith guided the Society’s impressive Section growth and increase in professional activity from his position as Sections Committee Chairman with unstinting dedication and a willingness to face up to every issue, no matter how difficult, for the good of the Society. His service has been consistently in keeping with the dedication and commitment to ASNE personified by Frank Law.

CAPT Smith’s long and distinguished service to the Society has greatly improved Society operations by strengthening Section performance and administration, advanced Society objectives by stimulating the growth and activity of Sections and, through the increase in Section sponsored technical symposia, enhanced the Society’s professional stature. He is highly deserving of the Frank G. Law Award for these and many other accomplishments on behalf of our Society, each of its Sections and the entire membership.