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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. 

Timothy B. Nichols

Award: Frank G. Law Award 


Timothy B. Nichols


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


Mr. Timothy Nichols has unrelentingly led the Global Shipbuilding Executive Summit (GSES), a collaborative government - industry - academic forum focused on identifying world-class ship design, acquisition and shipbuilding practices from around the globe to streamline delivery of ships to the U.S. Navy, increase Fleet operational availability and decrease Total Ownership Costs. A key outcome of his leadership is the affordable Flexible Warship Initiative (FWI) - just in time to meet the demands of a 355-ship Fleet force structure, Future Surface Combatants (FSC) and frigate FFG(X) acquisition programs. GSES forums over the last several years at American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) functions have galvanized and rallied the nation’s warship design, acquisition and shipbuilding community at a strategic time critical to the future and long-term continued success of the U.S. Navy. Mr. Nichols has commendably leveraged his international reputation and professional network, and through his sustained personal initiative, has made a significant naval engineering contribution to the design, acquisition and construction of affordable flexible warships.

Under the auspices of the Global Shipbuilding Executive Summit, Mr. Nichols has brought together senior executives from world-class foreign shipyards and senior naval leaders from foreign navies noted for highly successful warship designs and acquisitions to share their successful practices with their counterparts in the United States at ASNE events such as the ASNE Day/Technology, Systems and Ships (TSS) Symposium and the Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium (FMMS). Because of Mr. Nichols’ close collaboration with ASNE and the U.S. Navy, as well as his farsighted leadership of many volunteers, an enormous body of intellectual capital has been captured that is driving a growing Navy and industry leadership focus on flexible naval ship designs so that future classes of U.S. Navy ships will be more adaptable to future threats and operational circumstances over a 30-to-50-year potential service-life. His direct efforts contribute to addressing the Navy’s challenge of affordable warfighting relevance over the entire ship’s service life.

For his leadership in developing ASNE forums for furthering the knowledge base on flexible, modular ships, the American Society of Naval Engineers is honored to name Timothy B. Nichols the recipient of the 2017 Frank G. Law Award.