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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. Owen H. Oakley

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 1967
Mr. Owen H. Oakley
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following CITATION:

For continued outstanding contribution to the science of Naval Engineering in the field of naval architecture as applied to basic warship design. As the Technical Director and senior civilian naval architect in the Preliminary Design Branch of the Ship Design Division, Bureau of Ships, and more recently the Deputy Director of the Ship Concept Design Division, U.S. Naval Ship Engineering Center, Mr. Oakley over the years has been charged with the management, direction and execution of the conceptual design work for all of the Navy's ships from aircraft carriers to fast gunboats, and from hydrofoils and air cushion vehicles to ballistic missile submarines. His keen scientific insight, extraordinary engineering skill, wealth of practical experience and astute guidance has resulted in the development of a design and engineering group without peer in the conceptual design of warships.

Through his foresight and deep interest in the fostering of new design methods and techniques, he has placed the Ship Concept Design Division at the fore of organizations utilizing computer techniques for the exploration of families of designs to fulfill stated characteristics, thus measurably improving the Navy's ability to pursue meaningful cost effectiveness studies of ship-weapons systems. Mr. Oakley's achievements clearly indicate his worthiness in being selected the outstanding Naval Engineer for 1967.