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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. Larry J. Argiro

Award: Harold E. Saunders Award
Year: 1992
Mr. Larry J. Argiro
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

Larry Argiro was a pioneer in developing acoustic measurement and analysis technology for use in the acoustic characterization of ships and submarines. He remains a leading technical authority in the field. Under his leadership, the radiation of noise emanating from shipboard machinery components has been considerably reduced. This noise, which formerly provided a principal means of submarine detection and classification, is now virtually undetectable in radiated acoustic signatures. In addition, research and development directed by Mr. Argiro has led to many effective methods of controlling the transmission of noise through shipboard structural and fluid paths. Through his close association with the Naval Sea Systems Command, U.S. industry and the Fleet, Mr. Argiro has been able to ensure that the silencing technology developed in his department has been translated into design guidance and specifications and implemented in both new and backfit ship and submarine designs.

It was under Mr. Argiro's leadership, as Head of the Propulsion and Auxiliary Systems Directorate, that the synergistic benefits of an advanced integrated electric drive propulsion system for surface battle force combatants were recognized and the concept was developed. Subsequently, in July 1989, the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Board approved a program to further develop the concept and its associated cluster technologies for the next class of surface combatants.

The total benefits of Mr. Argiro's achievements to the Navy, Department of Defense, and the nation as a whole are incalculable. Because of his efforts, the U.S. Navy has had a definite continuous strategic military advantage of having the quietest ships in the world for more than forty years. In addition, he directs a ship machinery research and development program that will provide the most advanced, cost effective machinery for the future Navy. Mr. Argiro is an enlightened leader who has produced tangible results over the last forty-five years. The Society therefore considers him most worthy of being recognized and is honored to present him the ASNE Harold E. Saunders Award for 1992.