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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. Joseph T. Threston

Award: Harold E. Saunders Award
Year: 1991
Mr. Joseph T. Threston
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

Joseph Threston has been a most significant contributor to the impressive success of Aegis since its inception. Throughout his more than thirty years in naval engineering, Mr. Threston has devoted his considerable engineering talents and business acumen to the betterment of the Surface Navy. He is an engineer of national acclaim and a dedicated proponent of sound and proven engineering concepts. Mr. Threston is known and highly respected by Congressional oversight committees, the Department of the Navy, and throughout the defense industry. In systems engineering, he is without peer.

Joseph Threston is General Manager of the General Electric Naval Systems Department. He is responsible for directing GE’s dual role in the Aegis Program as the principal contractor in the design and production of the basic Aegis weapon system and as Combat System Design Agent for the Aegis cruiser and destroyer programs. In addition, his department has been responsible for the development of variants to the Aegis system, which have ensured that Aegis remains capable of meeting evolving threats specified by the United States Navy. Mr. Threston has been extraordinarily successful in integrating the resulting efforts of all weapon system contractors and agencies in meeting specified requirements.

Long before it was fashionable, Mr. Threston implemented and practiced the attributes featured in the TQM-TQL philosophy. He has emphasized quality and openly listened to and encouraged suggestions for improvements from subordinates. As a direct result, Aegis production equipment has shown constant quality improvement over the past decade. The superb Aegis fleet at sea today is a supreme testimonial to Mr. Threston’s worthiness to receive the Harold E. Saunders Award for 1991. It is most appropriate that he receive this recognition for his lifetime of superior and dedicated service to his country.