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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. 

Charles G. Creedon

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 2003
Mr. Charles G. Creedon
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following CITATION:

Mr. Creedon is personally and directly responsible for the highly successful development and design of the nuclear propulsion plant for the CVN-21 class aircraft carrier. His superb engineering and programmatic leadership have achieved a design that will triple the available electrical power to support insertion of transformational technologies while simplifying propulsion system design and substantially reducing maintenance requirements. To attain these substantial improvements, Mr. Creedon has prompted numerous technological innovations and he has implemented a full range of risk reduction strategies to ensure the process and product innovations will be both effective and reliable.

The significance of Mr. Creedon success is enhanced by the recognition that this is the first full-scale aircraft carrier propulsion plant design effort in more than 30 years. Consequently, Mr. Creedon had to reconstitute the design capability, reinvent the design processes and assemble a dramatically improved set of design tools to support the product model environment and interface effectively with the total ship design. He met this challenge by assembling an innovative integrated product team that effectively blended more advanced submarine propulsion design methods and tools from one shipyard with established aircraft carrier design and construction experience at the building yard while also incorporating Fleet operator feedback.

Mr. Creedon's efforts have produced a design that will reduce reactor department manpower requirements by 50 percent and save $300 million in construction cost and $2 billion in life-cycle costs while also reducing depot maintenance requirements by one third and increasing operational availability by 25 percent. These improvements directly support the CNO's Sea Power 21 vision. The significance of these accomplishments and the important role the CVN-21 class will play in the 21st Century Fleet mark Mr. Creedon's achievements as truly exceptional and he is indeed most worthy of the ASNE Gold Medal.