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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. William K. Blake

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 2002
Dr. William K. Blake
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following CITATION:

Dr. William K. Blake has demonstrated superior scientific and technical leadership leading to measurable successes in the USS SEAWOLF (SSN21) Class, USS Virginia (SSN774) Class, and advanced submarine propulsor development programs. He has provided essential scientific leadership and unique technical contributions to the establishment of effective ship design support and computational tools.

Dr. Blake's contributions to U.S. Sea Power have ranged from pioneering research in ship hydro-acoustics physics to development and application of advanced technology in submarine hull and propulsor ship component designs. Computational procedures developed by Dr. Blake are a major element of the design support capabilities in the Navy's Submarine Hydrodynamics-Hydroacoustics Research Center (HHRC). His initiatives in this arena have greatly contributed to the Navy-industry ship acquisition cost reduction and performance improvement objectives, particularly in the area of acoustic enhancements. His accomplishments are particularly significant considering the extreme complexity of the technological challenges posed by the severe demands and constraints under which submarine propulsion systems must operate. His scientific monograph on Mechanics of Flow-Induced Sound and Vibration is considered the authoritative source for ship hydroacoustic design.

Dr. Blake's accomplishments have greatly accelerated the achievement of the Navy's goal of developing capable submarines at an affordable cost. His computational procedures will substantially reduce submarine development costs by eliminating many major large model and full-scale tests traditionally associated with propulsor and ship design. He has made truly significant and lasting material contributions to the success of current and future Navy submarine operational mission performance through creation, advancement and incorporation of submarine signature reduction acoustic stealth technology. His achievements are indeed noteworthy and he is most highly deserving of the ASNE Gold Medal.