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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. 

Dr. Allan R. Somoroff

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 1994
Dr. Allan R. Somoroff
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

Dr. Somoroff is a top-flight manager, leader, and engineer who continues to demonstrate contemporary technical excellence.

Recognizing the need for composite technologies in naval aviation, Dr. Somoroff was the driving force behind the introduction of advanced light-weight composites into naval aircraft. He sponsored the basic research, saw to it that the materials properties were characterized, and pushed the program into full scale fabrication and dynamic testing of composite primary structures. Through his dedicated and insightful efforts, our naval aircraft programs, like the V-22 Osprey, are revolutionizing aviation with the amazing utility of light-weight composites.

Since becoming Deputy Commander in 1993, he has conceptualized and is leading the transformation of Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) organizational structure. Profound positive effects on the engineering capacity of the Command are now visible with all elements of its diverse engineering capability tied organizationally to a focal point, allowing for p\roper organization sizing and establishment of common processes and standards. He has designed an organizational structure which optimizes our technical resources for the future while maintaining a well-trained work force capable of providing naval aviation the finest technical expertise available.

Dr. Somoroff’s leadership continues to transform NAVAIR into a Competency Aligned Organization that is a supplier of skills, knowledge, facilities, and processes matched to customer demand. This remarkable new organization was a pivotal reason for NAVAIR twice receiving the Presidential Award for Quality. On each occasion, Dr. Somoroff was a key figure whose innovative ideas and actions made winning the awards possible.

Dr. Somoroff commits himself totally to the advancement of the capabilities of naval aviation. His depth of technical knowledge, keen analytic ability, and sound judgment make him the Technical Advisor of choice both inside and outside DOD, nationally and internationally. Dr. Somoroff is most worthy of the prestigious Gold Medal Award for 1994.