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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 (Rich) Delpizzo, USNR (Ret.)

Award: Frank G. Law Award - ASNE Service
CAPT Richard (Rich) Delpizzo, USNR (Ret.)
Reason: For outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Society through dedicated service as set forth in the following


Captain Richard (Rich) Delpizzo, USNR (Ret.) has over 35 years of experience in ship design, construction and operations, technical review, regulatory requirements application, Navy ship project management, defense acquisition, LNG design with a focus on marine LNG fueled vessels, and has expertise in International Navies and Coast Guards.   

CAPT Delpizzo has been with the American Bureau of Shipping since 2004, working as a Senior Managing Principal Engineer; Director, Government Operations Engineering; Director, International Government Services; and Director, US Government Sector.  CAPT Delpizzo served in the US Navy Reserve, rising to the rank of Captain, and is an active volunteer with numerous organizations in addition to the American Society of Naval Engineers ASNE, including the Boy Scouts of America and SNAME, to which he has been elected a fellow of the Society. 

CAPT Delpizzo has been one of ASNE’s most dedicated volunteers, leading ASNE’s Professional Development committee since 2014.  In addition to his ongoing role recruiting 8+ years of volunteer speakers for continuing education programs, he has personally delivered multiple webinars and courses and has been a regular contributor to ASNE Symposia. 

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, CAPT Delpizzo had a critical volunteer leadership role working closely with ASNE staff to ensure a continual stream of virtual learning experiences to engage the ASNE membership and grow the membership base through novel online offerings.  His work in developing both face-to-face and virtual webinars in the years pre-dating the pandemic set the stage for ASNE’s highly successful pivot to online continuing education through the past two plus years, an essential component to maintaining the Society’s professional relevance and benefit to members during challenging times. 

CAPT Delpizzo is the walking embodiment of the type of individual every professional society should covet having as a member and a leader. He is a tireless advocate for the profession and seeks to serve without drawing attention or accolades to himself. He is generous with his time, has led this essential component to ASNE’s growth strategy.  CAPT Delpizzo is the quintessential volunteer leader, and is a humble, collegial supporter of the ASNE Council, staff and his fellow volunteers.  

For his outstanding service and humble servant leadership, the American Society of Naval Engineers is honored to name Captain Richard Delpizzo the recipient of the 2021 Frank G. Law Award.