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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 Bert Marsh, USN

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 2001
CAPT Bert Marsh, USN
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following CITATION:

Captain Marsh's contributions in the areas of salvage and naval engineering have been truly remarkable. His leadership and technical expertise have advanced the state-of-the-art in submarine personnel rescue systems, deep ocean recovery procedures, damaged combatant vessel heavy lifts, and large open-ocean search and recovery procedures. Further, his personal involvement has brought innovation and success to many high profile U.S. Navy salvage operations in recent years.

Captain Marsh engineered and directed the deepest commercial or military salvage effort of its kind in successfully recovering the 850-ton Japanese fishing vessel, Ehime Maru, from 2000 feet of seawater. His superior leadership, managerial skill and innovative technical acumen were key to the success of the recovery. This historical and precedent setting feat has markedly expanded the range of depths accessible for salvage engineering. Captain Marsh has also excelled in other emergency situations such as devising procedures and organizing the heavy lift of USS COLE and developing procedures that greatly improved the accuracy and effectiveness of open-ocean search in the recovery of the "Egypt Air" crash. He has also provided pioneering leadership for innovation in salvage and rescue tools and procedures such as the Submarine Rescue Diving Recompression system that will dramatically broaden the coverage and shorten the response time for emergency submarine rescue.

Captain Marsh is truly a consummate naval engineer. He has excelled in applying the principles and technologies from a broad range of disciplines to the resolution of challenging problems at sea. His visionary and multi-disciplined approaches have brought numerous advances to the field of salvage engineering. Further, he has literally written the book on many of these procedures by ensuring they are documented and made available for use by others in the field. His technical excellence and superb engineering leadership epitomize the highest ideals of naval engineering and he is indeed most worthy of the ASNE Gold Medal.