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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. 

CAPT James W. Kehoe, Jr., USN (Ret.)

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 1981
CAPT James W. Kehoe, Jr., USN (Ret.)
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

For outstanding professionalism and leadership in comparative naval architecture.

As Assistant for Comparative Naval Architecture, Naval Sea Systems Command, Captain Kehoe established and directed the study program to determine differences between U.S. and foreign engineering design practices, to estimate their effect on ship size, performance, and cost, and to identify foreign design practices that would offer potential benefits if adopted by the United States. His numerous publications of comparative studies are used as standard reference material in research projects involving design of U.S. and Foreign warships.

He participated in the first application of the lessons learned through the Comparative Naval Architecture Program in the conceptual design of a combatant ship. He directed a feasibility study which resulted in a ship design with the same weapons, sensors, and performance as the baseline design but with a significant reduction in full load displacement and fuel oil requirements. The reslts of the study provided the design manager with a unique insight into areas of the combatant ship design in which there were opportunities to reduce ship size, improve performance, and minimize platform cost.

Captain Kehoe’s personal dedication, technical acumen, and managerial skill resulted in a bank of knowledge which will be of great benefit to the Naval Engineering Community ad the United States of America, thereby making him most worthy to receive the Gold Medal Award for 1981.