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 James L. McVoy, USN (Ret.)

Award: Frank G. Law Award 


CAPT James L. McVoy, USN (Ret.)


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

Captain Jim McVoy’s innumerable contributions have had a significant and lasting impact on the Society.  As both a volunteer and as the Society’s chief staff executive he threw himself into every facet of ASNE operations with enthusiasm and an unmatched commitment to improve the Society in every possible way. As the first Executive Director of ASNE, Captain McVoy not only improved the Society’s management and administrative systems, he also devoted considerable time and effort to enhancing the stature of the Naval Engineers Journal, while serving as its editor. Among his many volunteer activities, he authored a number of technical papers, including one that won the Jimmie Hamilton Award; served actively on the History Committee; provided active support in a variety of ways to nearly every ASNE Day for decades, and served for many years as honorary Chaplain for the Presidents Club and other Society functions.

Captain McVoy’s inspirational leadership of a small staff of paid employees and a group of willing volunteers guided ASNE successfully through a period of rapid expansion in membership, sections growth and technical achievement.  His foresight and management skills led the society through a difficult period of modernization to move the Society’s financial, technical and administrative functions from manual records into the computer age on a limited budget.

He dealt effectively with rapidly growing changes in government oversight of non-profit organizations, as well as the changes in volunteer needs and attitudes, with insight and flexibility.  He saw the need for organized programs to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Society and took action to bridge the transition from a club for naval engineers to a modern, professional organization providing technical development opportunities as well as social interaction between young engineers and seasoned experienced professionals and leaders in the sea services.

For more than forty years Captain McVoy has been both a consummate engineering professional and a stalwart champion of ASNE. Among his many contributions to a vibrant life for the Society, the most important may have been his skill in recruiting volunteers to take on monumental tasks without feeling put upon or overstressed. He contributed greatly to the social fabric of the Society, encouraging inclusion of family members at meetings and providing opportunities for young people to meet and talk with professional naval engineers.  His many years of dedication and support to ASNE have been an inspiration and encouragement to others.  He has never failed to answer the call and in every instance, has provided the finest in service to the Society.  He has volunteered with energy, determination, dedication, and, above all, heart.  He is most fitting to receive the Society’s 2006 Frank G. Law Award.