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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. 

Mr. Valor C. Smith

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 1958
Mr. Valor C. Smith
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following CITATION:

For an exceptionally outstanding contribution in the field of Naval Engineering in the year of 1958 in connection with radio antenna design. Mr. Valor Smith advanced the state of the art of ship antenna design by his original and unique utilization of ship superstructure as antenna radiating elements ill connection with naval radio communications.

By this application the number of antennas required per ship has been reduced. Ships of the fleet have been provided with antennas possessing omnidirectional radiation patterns and broad band impedance characteristics which represent outstanding advancements in meeting the rigorous requirements of modern fleet communications. The importance of his work is particularly significant in view of the increasing complexity of shipboard communication installations and the technological advances which are compounding the difficulties of warship design and construction.

His superior demonstration of initiative, technical imagination, and engineering knowledge in this development have been an inspiration. By this performance and achievement, Mr. Valor C. Smith has distinguished himself as the outstanding Naval Engineer for 1958.