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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. 

VADM Robert C. Gooding, USN (Ret.)

Award: Harold E. Saunders Award
Year: 1988
VADM Robert C. Gooding, USN (Ret.)
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. Navy and in private industry. Vice Admiral Gooding's career as an engineering duty officer was most distinguished, spanning the decades following World War II and culminating in the '70s with the first three star flag command in ED history. As the first commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command he successfully forged a union of the two previously diverse ships ordnance and ships platform commands. At the outset, he instilled a spirit of cooperative imperative that is still a legacy throughout the Naval Sea Systems Command.

Following World War II duty aboard the battleship USS WASHINGTON, Admiral Gooding's earlier years as an engineering officer were distinguished by his intellectual brilliance and exemplary performance on the waterfront and in the halls of design and project management. His reputation as a scholarly engineer, at home in the world of physics and higher mathematics, made him a natural choice for the concentrated post-war research by the Bureau of Ships on the unique science of underwater explosions and atomic blasts. The last of these included service as Technical Director of two underwater tests at Eniwetok. He was subsequently assigned to duty in the Navy's Special Projects Office, where he rose to be Special Projects Technical Director, responsible for research, development, production, and support of the Navy's Fleet Ballistic Missile Weapons System. Since retirement from the U.S. Navy, Admiral Gooding's consultant duties have been in direct support of naval engineering. He has expanded his duties as Chairman of the Board of a major research corporation to include training of young engineers, regularly conducting seminars on various naval engineering subjects as well as the prerequisite mathematical tools.

As he has been for over 47 years, he will always be known as an engineer's engineer. This lifetime of dedication, achievement and contribution make our Past-President, Robert C. Gooding, eminently qualified to be the 1988 recipient of the Harold E. Saunders Award.