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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. 

RADM Thomas J. Eccles, USN

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 2012
RADM Thomas J. Eccles, USN
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

In his position as Chief Engineer at NAVSEA, RADM Thomas J. Eccles, USN, has realigned and strengthened the U.S. Navy's ship design and engineering workforce, and equipped them with markedly improved computational tools. These changes ensured his organization was able to better match ship design and construction requirements and provide needed engineering support for improvements in timeliness and quality of fleet maintenance. Additionally, by drawing on technical capability resident in NAVSEA laboratories, he was able to augment the workforce with engineers who possessed the requisite technical knowledge and experience. Also, through a series of collaborative mentoring and developmental initiatives, he placed a diverse group of engineers and scientists into positions where they could rapidly mature and acquire needed skills. 

Since its inception in 2008, RADM Eccles has provided steady leadership to the Board of Directors for the Computational Research & Engineering for Acquisition Tools & Environments (CREATE) Program. He championed the use of powerful analytic methodologies, such as multi-objective design optimization and design of experiments, during early concept design, and he has provided technical and programmatic guidance for the whole CREATE Ships Project and the three major CREATE Ships software application development teams.

RADM Eccles' superb engineering acumen and inspiring technical leadership have provided the Navy with excellent ship design and engineering capability that is well suited to meet future needs in a time of fiscal restraint. For exceptional service to the U.S. Navy in keeping with the highest traditions of the American Society of Naval Engineers, RADM Eccles is truly deserving of the 2012 ASNE Gold Medal Award.