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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 Mark R. Vandroff, USN

Award: Gold Medal Award
Year: 2018
CAPT Mark R. Vandroff, USN

For his significant contribution in the last five years to both the DDG-51 Flight III and the LSC RET, as set forth in the following:


While serving as the Major Program Manager (MPM), DDG 51 Class Shipbuilding (PMS 400D) and as the Commanding Officer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, CAPT Mark R. Vandroff has had an extraordinary impact in the ability of the United States Navy to accomplish its mission in support of the National defense, both in the near term and in moving forward for decades to come.

CAPT Vandroff was personally responsible for leading the DDG-51 highly innovative Flight III design resulting in a significant update of combat capability in a tightly constrained ship hull. These remarkable naval engineering accomplishments include: increasing ship structural scantlings to offset the center of gravity impact of the heavier, more powerful radar in the deckhouse; increasing the naval architectural limits of the existing hull by expanding the ship hull aft near the transom to improve damage stability; designing a hybrid electrical system which utilized 4160 VAC generators and distribution equipment to provide the high power to the radar (1000 VDC) while maintaining as much of the ship as possible on the legacy 450 VAC system to be most cost efficient; and working with industry and NAVSEA 05 to field improved air conditioning plants which increase cooling capacity by 150%, in the same footprint. The Flight III adds incredible combat capability to the Fleet, with highly advanced performance in the simultaneous conduct of air/missile and ballistic missile defense.

As the hand-selected leader of the Large Surface Combatant (LSC) Requirements Evaluation Team (RET), CAPT Vandroff has set the foundation of the next class of surface combatants, which will provide the combat capability of the Flight III DDGs, but in a platform built from the keel up to be flexible and adaptable, to be able to provide supreme combat capability for the next half-century.