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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. 

COL Eugene E. Shoults, USMC (Ret.)

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 1988
COL Eugene E. Shoults, USMC (Ret.)
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

As a Marine officer and civil servant, Eugene E. Shoults has had a truly distinguished career of 37 years. At no time in this career, however, have his contributions been more consequential than in his current assignment as Program Manager of the Amphibious Warfare and Strategic Sealift Program (PMS 377), Naval Sea Systems Command. In this capacity he has performed superlatively, having “fleeted up” from the position of Deputy Program Manager in April 1985. In addition to exemplary leadership, Mr. Shoults has applied his exceptional engineering expertise, administrative ability, and innovative management style to direct the modernization of the nation’s amphibious warfare and strategic sealift forces.

A striking example of Mr. Shoults’ contributions is found in the LHD 1 Class Program. The impending delivery and commissioning of WASP, the lead ship, will provide the Navy/Marine Corps team with the most capable amphibious ship ever constructed. This modern-day 40,000-ton dreadnought will handle requirements for helicopters, LCACs, and VSTOL aircraft operations, including the Av-8B Harrier aircraft. Mr. Shoults, displaying an enormous capacity for detail, skillfully guided this ship program through the maze of potential pitfalls which are inherent in building a ship of the size and complexity of WASP. In parallel, he directed the successful competition for the follow-on ships of the Class with resultant savings estimated at over $800 million.

Another example of Mr. Shoults’ contributions is the successful acquisition and Fleet phase-in of the revolutionary new LCAC. Fifteen LCACs have been delivered to the Fleet and 33 others are under contract for construction.

A highly skilled and articulate advocate for the Navy/Marine Corps team, Mr. Shoults has been singularly instrumental in rebuilding our nation’s amphibious warfare and strategic sealift capability. His sustained, superior performance as Program Manager of the Amphibious Warfare and Strategic Sealift Program has made unique and lasting contributions to the defense of the United States, thereby making him worthy to receive the American Society of Naval Engineers Gold Medal Award for 1988.