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. 

CDR Charles G. Pfeifer, USN (Ret.)

Award: Frank G. Law Award 


CDR Charles G. Pfeifer, USN (Ret.)


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

As a distinguished and dedicated member of ASNE, Commander Pfeifer has made outstanding, long-term contributions to both the National Organization and the Tidewater Section through his sustained personal commitment to the goals and ideals of ASNE.  He has helped to improve the Society’s operations and financial strength; enhanced the Society’s objectives; and advanced the Society’s professional stature through his leadership, selfless dedication and individual efforts.


While Chairman of the Tidewater Section, Commander Pfeifer adroitly expended innovative programs instituted by his predecessors; greatly enhancing the objectives, reputation, and visibility of ASNE.  He increased section member participation in Society operations and community programs and his efforts raised substantial revenue to fund Section activities and augment ASNE’s National Program.  Commander Pfeifer has also been the Section’s Ad Hoc ADP Coordinator.  After the Section purchased computers he “custom fit” off=the=shelf software to support membership database maintenance, produce brochures and flyers for symposia, process symposia registration lists, print name tags and update mailing lists.  His penchant for hard work, his superb professional reputation and his unique ability to lead his peers in new endeavors has expanded the Tidewater Section’s membership base and influence within the Hampton Roads Engineering Community.


As an active and vigorous leader in the Society for more than twenty years, Commander Pfeifer has enhanced the visibility and vitality of ASNE activities in the Tidewater area.  His efforts have strengthened the Section and helped set the course for innovative improvements.  For his distinguished service and long-term dedication to the Society, Commander Pfeifer is most deserving of the Frank G. Law Award for 1997.