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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. 

Peter M. Palermo

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 1984
Mr. Peter M. Palermo
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

For outstanding technical achievement and leadership as a naval architect and structural engineer of international reputation specializing in the demanding technology of submarine pressure hulls.

Mr. Palermo’s exceptional contributions have encompassed all facets of submarine hull structure development, design, fabrication and maintenance. His development of structural design criteria has provided the Navy with unique capabilities for producing the most structurally efficient submarine pressure hulls in the world. This capability affords the Navy the opportunity to devote a maximum portion of the ship’s displacement to mission systems. Mr. Palermo utilized these capabilities in the structural design of the Los Angeles and Trident class submarines. His exceptional technical knowledge of structural fabrication has provided a sound base for developing and implementing fabrication procedures which reduce construction costs while maintaining quality. His efforts in advancing the state of the art in the employment of high strength materials for submarine pressure hulls were vital to the introduction of HY-100 and HY-130 steels. In these programs, Mr. Palermo coordinated the original fracture testing and the final delivery of materials for required applications he also developed the design criteria unique to these materials and went on to develop a qualified industrial base. He thereby demonstrated that the capability existed in the U.S. shipbuilding industry to fabricate submarine structures using the new materials. Mr. Palermo’s numerous cont4ributions will assure the safety and superiority of future U.S. submarines.

Mr. Palermo’s personal dedication, engineering insight and technical skills have resulted in great benefit to the naval engineering community, as well as to the Nation, thereby making him most worthy to receive the Gold Medal Award for 1984.