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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. 

Mr. Adrian J. Mackenna

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 2014
Mr. Adrian J. Mackenna
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

Throughout his career, Mr. Adrian J. Mackenna has embraced the challenging task of changing the Navy’s ship concept design process by applying theoretical Multi-objective Design Optimization (MDO). His exceptional technical leadership abilities have set him apart and led him to explore, adapt, and implement new technologies to improve both the product and the product development process.

Mr. Mackenna’s determination and superior creativity in the application of new, innovative MDO methods are dramatically improving all phases of the Naval ship acquisition process. In addition, he has taken a lead role in applying MDO methods to the selection of major shipboard systems, which has provided the Navy’s senior decision-makers the opportunity to rigorously explore the whole design solution space for both the total ship and major shipboard systems before making critical decisions.

His diverse technical and management experience has reinvigorated NAVSEA’s ship concept design workforce. By leading through innovation, he has created a highly collaborative learning environment, where both young and experienced scientists and engineers explore new ideas, methodologies, and concepts. As a result of Mr. Mackenna’s unsurpassed technical leadership, warship design processes and tools have continued to mature and are helping the Navy to achieve new levels of innovation. He has earned a reputation for attracting highly competent, highly motivated ship design engineers and for rigorously applying systematic innovation to the development of new naval ship concepts.

Mr. Mackenna’s exemplary technical leadership in improving the Navy’s warship concept design capabilities and his exceptional contributions to major ship acquisition programs and to our profession of naval engineering make him truly deserving of the American Society of Naval Engineers’ Gold Medal Award for 2014.