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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. 

Carl O. Brady

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 1995
Mr. Carl O. Brady
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

Carl O. Brady has been a technical driver of one of the most successful naval machinery programs ever undertaken. Within the span of a single generation his efforts were instrumental in transforming the U.S. Navy Surface Fleet from one almost totally reliant on steam propulsion to one dominated by gas turbine propulsion. Further, he has fostered a similar trend in many other navies. Today over 875 LM2500 gas turbines are being used in approximately 350 ships of more than forty different types, in thirty-four navies in the world.

As General Electric’s manager for the U.S. Navy LM2500 programs, Mr. Brady’s strength has been his ability relate the engine to the entire ship as a system. In the early 1980’s, while the basic engine had many thousands of hours as an aircraft power plant, the marine environment was still new, and provided its own lessons to be learned. Through close cooperation with the Navy, including the Component Improvement Program, Mr. Brady’s team was rapidly able to identify the causes of failures and to take corrective action to keep them from escalating into serious fleet-wide problems. This program has led to the steady improvement in LM2500 reliability over the years, and to their continued use for the main propulsion of the FFG 7 Class frigates, CG 47 Class AEGIS cruisers, and DDG 51 Class AEGIS destroyers. Through his personal leadership and technical knowledge, Mr. Brady has led the engine development to the point where it is providing very close to 20,000 hours of reliable operation before requiring rework¾a quadrupling of running hours on the Navy engines.

Mr. Brady has been involved in development of broader uses for the LM2500, both in the U.S. Navy and in commercial ship applications. He has participated in the design of most of the high-speed commercial craft using GE gas turbine engines, and in development of combined cycle power systems for low speed commercial ships, particularly cruise ships.

The U.S. Navy movement to gas turbines, and in particular the LM2500, represents a major sea change in ship design, with profound effects on warship mission capability, crew size, ship design parameters, endurance, and war-fighting capabilities. This has been in large measure the direct result of the leadership and technical excellence embodied by Carl O. Brady. Future ship designs will surely benefit enormously from his life’s work. Mr. Brady is a most worthy recipient of the Gold Medal Award for 1995.