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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. 

CAPT Richard D. Hepburn, USN (Ret.)

Award: Frank G. Law Award 


CAPT Richard D. Hepburn, USN (Ret.)


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

Captain Rick Hepburn has been a dedicated and highly energetic leader and enthusiastic member of ASNE for three decades. As his career led him to multiple locations through the years, his path was always marked by service to the Society. He has contributed his efforts to ASNE in a wide variety of ways at both the local and national level. He has authored a number of technical papers that were published in the Naval Engineers journal or in symposium proceedings and he has often been a presenter or moderator for national symposia and local section meetings. He participated in Section leadership in several locations and he has been Chairman of the Savannah, Long Beach and Northern New England Sections. At the national level he has served as a member of the ASNE Council and he is currently the Society's senior Vice President. 

Captain Hepburn initiated the national Maintenance Committee and chaired it for several years and he was recently selected to chair the newly established Programs Committee, tasked with ensuring that the Society sustains an effective agenda of timely and well supported programs on an ongoing basis. He had demonstrated his qualifications for this assignment by initiating and providing leadership for a number of ASNE symposia. He co-chaired a successful commercial maintenance symposium and provided the impetus for a subsequent symposium on designing for zero maintenance. He spearheaded a highly successful workshop on high-speed, high-performance ships and craft and he prompted the initiation of an electric machines technology conference and a symposium on electric ship reconfiguration and survivability. He has quickly taken on his new responsibilities by fostering two additional symposia with more on the way.

Action oriented with a strong bias for progress, Captain Hepburn has earned the trust and respect of the Society for his positive, determined service to both members and the Society as a whole. He has demonstrated long-term leadership, selfless dedication, effective contribution and personal commitment in support of Society interests, goals and values for thirty years. He clearly exemplifies the highest ideals of service to the Society and he is truly most deserving of the American Society of Naval Engineers Frank G. Law Award for 2003.