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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. 

James L. Mills, Jr.

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 1975
Mr. James L. Mills, Jr.
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

For outstanding contribution to the science of Naval Engineering in the field of naval architecture as applied to basic warship design.

Mr. Mills stands out among a small handful of individuals skilled in the synthesis of ship designs for all types of surface warships. He has been responsible for the preliminary design of eleven major ship types now in the Fleet as well as the numerous feasibility studies leading to these and other preliminary designs.

Having applied his intimate understanding of naval ships to the development of computer-aided ship design synthesis methods, he produced the first complete synthesis program capable of defining ship concepts responsive to proposed requirements. This original program, developed and expanded under his leadership, represents today the most power warship design synthesis model in existence. It has revolutionized the early design process thereby allowing many more ship concepts to be studied and more accurate comparisons of competing concepts to be made in a fraction of the time required by manual techniques.

Mr. Mills’ contributions to actual warship designs and to basic design synthesis have been of major importance, and his insight and naval engineering sense have in particular enabled him to make a unique contribution to the U.S. Navy’s capability to define and design its ships to meet the diverse and demanding requirements of a Navy faced with global commitments.

These achievements make him clearly worthy of being selected as the outstanding Naval Engineer for 1975.