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Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone (703) 836-6727
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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. 

Gerald E. Lake

Award: Frank G. Law Award 


Mr. Gerald E. Lake


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

As 1997-1998 Chairman of the Tidewater Section, Mr. Lake initiated many innovative programs and expanded existing programs.  He involved the Section in highly successful joint symposia with the US Naval Institute, Virginia Society of Professional Engineers, and the Tidewater Association of Service Contractors. He expanded the Tidewater Section mathematics mentoring program and supported the Old Dominion University Student Section with hands-on engineering and design support.  He implemented Tidewater Section strategic planning sessions, provided improvements to the ASNE Sections Manual, helped significantly improve the Tidewater Section’s membership directory, and instilled spirit in Section events with his unique and clever introduction of speakers.

While serving successively as Tidewater Section Programs Committee chairman, Section vice-chairman and Section chairman, Mr. Lake developed, nurtured and expanded the intriguing concept that ASNE be the place where members “learn it first.”  His unique idea was that ASNE would provide a variety of forums to disseminate the most timely and state-of-the-art topics related to professional, technical and business development aspects of the marine industry.  This idea was carried out through a series of professional development luncheons on current high interest topics, Fleet maintenance luncheons, and joint luncheons with SNAME presenting corporate executives as guest speakers.

Through Mr. Lake’s efforts, the Tidewater Section has energized its membership and increased member participation.  Mr. Lake is most deserving of the Society’s Frank G. Law Award.