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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. 

Randall H. Fortune

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 1999
Mr. Randall H. Fortune
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

Mr. Fortune’s legacy to naval engineering is well-designed, capable, affordable, and reliable ships for our nation. There can be no better legacy than to provide the very best. His strong, positive leadership of the design and construction of the most capable Navy warships that U.S. technology can produce has been the hallmark of his accomplishments. His contributions will exert a lasting technical influence on the design and warfighting capability of future Navy surface combatants. He has been instrumental in the design and construction of the Navy’s twenty-seven AEGIS cruisers and fifty-seven AEGIS destroyers. These two ship classes are the cornerstone of the Navy’s effort to modernize the surface combatant fleet in this age of fast-f9orward technological advances; and they will play the dominant role in surface warfare for the next fifty years.

Mr. Fortune successfully led a diverse, dedicated Flight II-A design team, incorporating the results of the Navy’s Destroyer Variant study into the DDG-51 class design. He aggressively investigated all technical and programmatic changes to reduce the cost of Flight II-A ships. He led the development and execution of a unique, quantitative risk assessment methodology that considered cost, schedule, and technical risks. As a result of this analysis, he was able to assess a wide range of technical and affordability enhancements in terms of risk, availability, and operational payoff. In addition to the normal shipbuilder bidding packages, Mr. Fo0rtune was required to technically support the development of the DDG-51 Flight II-A Defense Acquisition Board Milestone IV documentation package. His expertise, resourcefulness and proficiency in all areas of destroyer design, acquisition, and construction were key factors in the highly successful Defense Acquisition Board review.

Mr. Fortune is the consummate naval engineer. He has taken the definition to new heights to include financial, contractual, environmental, and negotiating disciplines. Mr. Fortune’s personal contributions in maintaining and enhancing the U.S. Navy’s surface combatant fleet while serving as the Deputy Program Manager in the AEGIS Program were vital to ensuring the future strength and security of the United States. Mr. Fortune is most deserving of the ASNE Gold Medal Award.