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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. 

Dr. Reuven Leopold

Award: Harold E. Saunders Award
Year: 1986
Dr. Reuven Leopold
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

In recognition of outstanding achievements as a naval engineer both in the U.S. Government and in private industry. Dr. Reuven Leopold has forged a career of distinguished accomplishments at a relatively youthful stage of his life. While teaching at MIT, he participated in the successful application of finite element theory to the prediction of subcavitating propeller performance; he made major contributions to original software which led to today's process for designing ship propellers; and he developed unique software for mathematical optimization of ship designs by using exponential random search techniques. Dr. Leopold made a major contribution to the SWATH design genealogy almost two decades ago when he obtained a patent for a small waterplane area twin hull form called TRISEC.

In his first period with industry, in the position of Director of Ship Engineering at the Ingalls Division of the Litton Corporation, he provided exceptional design leadership, which is reflected by the success of both the 00-963 class destroyer and the LHA helicopter assault ship classes. Moving to government service in the 1970s, Dr. Leopold served as the U.S. Navy's Technical Director for Ship Design. During that decade, his technical leadership was a major factor in implementing the Navy's reassertion of its historical lead role in conceptual and preliminary ship design, these designs now manifesting in the bulk of the 600-ship Navy.

Dr. Leopold has authored and coauthored over thirty technical papers, manuals and books on the theories, processes, and decisions involved in ship designs. He initiated and coordinated the preparation of the "Naval Ship Design Manual" for the Naval Sea Systems Command. This outstanding reference filled a longstanding critical need in the Navy, just as the two-volume effort, "Hydrodynamics in Ship Design," authored for SNAME by Captain Harold Saunders, did in an earlier era.

Dr. Leopold's achievements and expertise have been recognized on many occasions, and he has served on Senior Advisory Boards of the Chief of Naval Operations, the Secretary of Defense, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Naval Studies Board. These positions of trust and counsel at the highest levels of the nation's defense establishment, his many contributions, and his internationally recognized preeminence in the field of naval engineering combine to make Dr. Reuven Leopold eminently qualified to receive the Society's Harold E. Saunders Award.