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Email: asnehq@navalengineers.org


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. 

RADM Elmer T. Westfall, USN (Ret.)

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 1977
RADM Elmer T. Westfall, USN (Ret.)
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

For outstanding professionalism and leadership in developing and executing unique philosophies and techniques in the fields of Naval Engineering and Industrial Management in the overhaul of ships in the United Stated Navy during the period August 1974 through June 1977.

As Commander of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Read Admiral Westfall significantly contributed to the success of the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Naval Shipyards in carrying out that portion of their mission related to the overhaul of naval ships. His teachings of innovative naval engineering and personnel motivation techniques to key managers have enabled all of the Naval Shipyards to improve their effectiveness immeasurably in meeting ship overhaul completion schedules. This contribution has enabled overhauled ships to be returned to operational status on a more timely basis than ever before and has enhanced the state of Fleet readiness.

Rear Admiral Westfall’s exceptional performance and high standards of professional excellence were without precedent in the Naval Shipyard business arena thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upon the Naval Engineering Community.