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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. 

Donald L. Ream

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 1974
Mr. Donald L. Ream
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

For exceptional and outstanding service to Naval Engineering in the advancement of the science and application of Electronic Digital Computers and Automatic Data Processing Equipment to highly complex Navy Combat and Command and Control Systems.

Mr. Ream, by his personal participation and effective leadership in the research and development of advanced digital processing equipment and command and control systems during the past decade, has sparked a major revolution in the equipment and techniques used in the design of combat systems for all major combatant ships in the U.S. Navy and the resultant outstanding performance of the Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS) operating in over fifty warships. Although many people have been involved in and contributed much to the development of the NTDS, the soundness of the overall system design and the enviable record of reliability and maintainability which has been achieved under combat conditions can be largely attributed to his technical leadership through the development and Fleet introduction of the system.

Of great importance to the future Navy, Mr. Ream solely spearheaded the successful development of the AN/UYK-7, the next generation shipboard micro-miniaturized computer. He personally developed the specification for, and the rationale behind the design of the modular, advanced computer which made possible for the first time the design of a fully integrated combat system for our complex multi-mission warships and its inclusion in new ship designs and other military projects for the future.

Mr. Ream is recognized as the outstanding authority in this country, and perhaps the world, on military computers and their applications to realtime data systems, and his contributions clearly indicate his worthiness to be selected as The Outstanding Naval Engineer for 1974.