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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. 

Larry J. Argiro

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 1985
Mr. Larry J. Argiro
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

For outstanding technical achievement and leadership as a marine engineer specializing in machinery system noise control.

Mr. Argiro has been responsible for the successful development of a vital capability for minimizing machinery generated radiated noise and self-noise from ships and submarines. Through his outstanding technical leadership of the Machinery Silencing Division, David W. Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center and his exemplary personal efforts, machinery system noise control technology in the United States in unsurpassed and provides U.S. naval ships with a strategic military advance.

Mr. Argiro has directed intensive advanced research leading to a thorough understanding of noise production mechanisms and a reduction of machinery generated noise without sacrificing machinery performance or efficiency, and the environmental and personal comfort acoustic requirements currently specified in the private sector have been exceeded.

Under Mr. Argiro’s direction outstanding progress has been achieved for reducing the flow of acoustic energy within the ship through utilization of reactive and dissipative noise-transmission techniques. These and other noise control developments have permitted the use of high horsepower machinery systems for new ships and the reduction of radiated noise signatures of quiet, lower horsepower ships.

The Effectiveness of Mr. Argiro’s work is attested to by the acoustic performance of the Navy’s latest class of submarines, which are the quietest ships in the world. Through close involvement during the entire design and acquisition process, the most advanced silencing technology was incorporated in the machinery systems. As a result, the machinery components are virtually undetectable.

Mr. Argiro’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 1985.