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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. Jeffrey E. Beach

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 1998
Dr. Jeffrey E. Beach
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

Mr. Beach has for many years been a pioneer in the development and application of reliability-based design technology beginning with the establishment of fatigue design criteria and methods for naval ships, which were used in the design of the HSLA-80 DDG51, the SWWATH hull forms T-AGOS19 and T-AGOS23, and the HY-100 Sea Shadow. The development of structural reliability technology under his leadership has now been extended to include quantified risks of failure for various potential mechanisms and the assessment of progressive damage. It will form the basis of a new Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) Methodology for Naval Ships.

The advanced double hull concept is a structural ship configuration that consists of an inner hull and outer hull connected by longitudinal web members. It lacks transverse framing common in a conventional double hull design. The advanced double hull design offers the opportunity for reduced acquisition and maintenance costs through reduced labor costs, improved structural performance through the increased strength of the cellular structure, and increased survivability through a combination of signature reductions and increased resistance to weapons damage. For several years, Mr. Beach has guided and led the program to develop and advance this concept.

The development of high quality/low cost composite materials and structures has been spearheaded by Mr. Beach for over five years. The present focus of this technology is on multi functional topside structures which integrate structural performance with signature reduction and improved antenna performance. This technology is crucial to the combatant topside of the future.

Under the strong leadership of Mr. Beach, structural R&D investigations have led to major improvements in the reliability basis for the design of U.S. Navy surface combatants. These advances will form the basis for future design criteria, and in fact, must provide the path for use of commercial standards mandated by acquisition reform. The advanced double hull design championed by Mr. Beach is a significant breakthrough in ship architecture and is one of only a few technologies that can offer improved fleet performance at a reduced cost. The high quality/low cost composites developed under Mr. Beach’s tutelage are the cornerstone for the future combatant topside architecture. These are all significant advances in the field of naval engineering. Mr. Beach’s leadership and vision in these very important areas have been crucial to their success. For outstanding personal accomplishment in naval engineering. Jeffrey Beach is most highly deserving of the Society’s Gold Medal Award.