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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. William S. Pellini

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 1961
Mr. William S. Pellini
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following CITATION:

For exceptionally outstanding contributions to the science of Naval engineering in the field of metals. In 1961, Mr. Pellini brought together into a common framework information, related to concepts of brittle fracture, which provides for the first time) a comprehensive picture of this subject that is immediately understandable to metallurgists, designers and theoreticians. This unified picture incorporates all of Mr. Pellini’s celebrated concepts and Robertson’s crack-arrest concept and tests, the latter of which are so highly regarded by British naval and merchant shipbuilders.

This unified picture of brittle metal fracture is a culmination of Mr. Pellini’s contributions during the past decade toward a solution of the Navy’s problem of catastrophic brittle fracture of large steel structures. His contributions include the Nil Ductility Transition, the Fracture Transition for Elastic and Plastic Loading Concepts, and the Drop Weight and Explosion Bulge tests, all of which have immensely promoted a better understanding of brittle fracture and means of preventing it.

Mr. Pellini’s capabilities as an analyst of complex engineering problems and as a scientist skilled in the definition and direction of metallurgical research have resulted in classic guide lines for the choice of optimum metals. for engineering structures and machinery components and for the development of optilnum casting, forging and welding procedures. These guide lines enabled the Navy to establish criteria for the selection of steels and weld metals tough enough for various combatant ship structures.