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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. Lester Rosenblatt

Award: Harold E. Saunders
Year: 1987
Mr. Lester Rosenblatt
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

In recognition of career-long contributions and leadership in the field of naval architecture. The name Rosenblatt stands for a long line of engineering excellence. Both the opportunity and responsibility of this mantel have challenged Lester Rosenblatt and he has met the test admirably. In the finest traditions of American free and private enterprise, Lester Rosenblatt apprenticed, studied and graduated his way through every level of learning and hands-on practice required of a twentieth century student and practitioner of naval architecture. In addition to academic achievement in this unique science, he also attained at a young age the acumen of a top engineering manager. The success of his years of preparation and practice has been such that he currently enjoys a reputation as one of the nation's top naval architects.

The quality of Mr. Rosenblatt's influence during his career of forty-five years is reflected in many ship designs, the AFS class refrigerated stores ships, the Spruance class destroyers, the L. Y. Spear class submarine tenders, the T-AO187 class fleet oilers, and the AOE-6 class fast combat support ships being just a few floating examples. A very high percentage of the combatant and auxiliary surface ships and submarines of the United States Navy reflect the design efforts of Mr. Rosenblatt and his firm. Another of the many laudable products of Lester Rosenblatt's career is the legion of younger proteges who have worked and learned under his tutelage. And, beyond this tutorial role, he is well known throughout the naval engineering community for his support of the community's professional societies and its academic institutions.

The recognition he has received for such involvement has taken the form of numerous national awards, as well as board, committee and honorary memberships. With the belief, oft stated in persuasive language, that a strong Navy and merchant shipbuilding capability are vital to the well being of this nation, Lester Rosenblatt has dedicated his ongoing forty-five year career to professional excellence, innovation and integrity. He has helped to set the high American standards in the field of naval engineering and, in so doing, has exemplified that high standard which is honored by the Harold E. Saunders Award, thus making him most worthy to be the 1987 recipient of that award.