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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 Clark Graham, USN

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 1991
CAPT Clark "Corky" Graham, USN
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

Captain Clark “Corky” Graham, throughout his naval career, has been a major force in the pursuit of a technology-based vision of the Navy of the future and the development of an engineering bridge to turn the vision into a reality.

After an already distinguished naval career, he was assigned to NavSea as Ship Design Manager and Technical Director for the Navy’s newest destroyer, the USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51). He was a major contributor to the many technical innovations that made this ship one of the most effective combatants in the Fleet. Upon return to MIT as a teacher and head of the Navy Program he continues to espouse the virtues of systems engineering, instilling in his students the need to continually question old paradigms and to examine and assess the merits of new and innovative approaches to ship design.

During his tour as Commander of the David Taylor Research Center, he established a broad-based strategic planning process for exploring technology options and issues for the fleet of the future. He stimulated the Center’s technologists and managers to challenge current paradigms and to make ships and ship systems more affordable without sacrifice in mission capabilities. He provided a collaborative systems oriented culture that addressed long range fleet operational and affordability goals. This led to the development of a battleforce design incorporating a multi-purpose modular ship concept called Carrier of Large Objects (CLO), double-hull structural concepts, and an emphasis on technologies and processes to enhance the affordability of future ships. He also waged a successful campaign to convince higher authority of the merits of an integrated electric drive for ships. This ultimately led to his present assignment as Manager of NavSea’s Advanced Surface Ship Machinery Program.

Capt. Graham has laid a technological foundation for the Navy to meet the challenges of the future in a world of profound geopolitical change. Perhaps of even greater importance, he articulated his ideas and philosophy to a wide audience, giving inspiration and stimulation to the Naval Engineering Community. He has taught, both formally and by example, the importance of a spirit of innovation. His many contributions to Naval Engineering and the Navy make him most worthy to receive the Gold Medal Award of the American Society of Naval Engineers for 1991.