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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. John C. Niedermair

Award: Harold E. Saunders Award
Year: 1978
Mr. John C. Niedermair
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

Mr. Niedermair, after ten years at the New York Navy Yard, became a recognized expert in the fields of ship salvage, stability, and basic design when he transferred to the Bureau of Construction and Repair in 1928. It was in the field of basic design that he achieved a pre-eminent position and is internationally recognized as the father of today's modern United States Navy ships.

For thirty years he was primarily responsible for creating the designs of the ships that carried us through World War II and those that followed as the Navy entered the nuclear age. While in charge of the Preliminary Design Branch of the Bureau of Ships, approximately 8,000 ships were built from designs created under his guidance and, since his retirement in 1958, he has provided continuing advice and counsel to those who followed.

His leadership in developing the most effective design team that the Navy has ever had and his unequalled personal contributions qualify him as one of the world's outstanding Naval Engineers. The Society therefore considers him most worthy of being recognized at this time and is honored to present him with the Harold E. Saunders Award for 1978.