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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. 

Richard Holden

Award: Frank G. Law Award 


Mr. Richard Holden


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

Mr. Holden has provided exceptional service to ASNE and to the naval engineering profession through his diligent and energetic leadership of a number of the Society's most important committees and programs for well over a decade. He has served as member and Chairman of both the ASNE Day Technical Papers Committee and the ASNE Combat Systems Committee, and he conceived, originated, and has been the driving force behind the highly regarded series of Engineering the Total Ship Symposia. Further, he has been a zealous and relentless advocate and mentor for the Society's important role in documenting important advances in naval engineering through well-written, peer reviewed, and professionally published technical papers.

Through his role on the ASNE Day and Combat Systems committees, Mr. Holden helped to solidify ASNE's role and reputation for dealing effectively with the total ship by treating the combat systems, communications, and command and control systems as integral with the rest of the ship. To further that concept, Mr. Holden conceived the Engineering the Total Ship Symposia to highlight the critical concept of total ship systems engineering. He shaped the vision, carefully guided the planning, and skillfully led the preparation of a program to examine and teach the concept that a complex modern warship must be developed, constructed, and operated as a totally integrated system of systems, including the human operators and critical interoperability between systems. Through subsequent symposia, Mr. Holden has broadened the approach to encompass the integration of systems across a naval battle force and then a complex, theater-wide joint military force. In so doing, he has helped to keep ASNE programs focused on the demanding naval engineering challenges at the cutting edge of naval warfare.

Mr. Holden is a visionary and energetic leader who has substantially advanced the principal purposes of ASNE and enhanced the professional stature of the Society by establishing, promoting, and sustaining programs that clearly demonstrate the complex, multi-disciplinary nature of naval engineering. As a distinguished and long-term dedicated member who has worked tirelessly to keep the Society's technical programs at the forefront of naval engineering, Mr. Holden is truly most deserving of ASNE's Frank G. Law Award for 2001.