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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. John J. O'Connor

Award: Harold E. Saunders Award
Year: 1993
Mr. John J. O'Connor
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

John J. O'Connor's contributions and achievements in naval engineering span a career of over thirty-six years. He is nationally recognized as outstanding among his peers. Mr. O'Connor's pioneer work as a submarine auxiliary machinery design engineer and later with the formulation of long range programs aimed at the advancement of deep ocean operations has led to notable improvements in the daily logistics and operational support of vehicles and systems delivery to the Fleet. As Program Manager, Deep Submergence Systems (PMS 395) of the Naval Sea Systems Command he has been responsible for life cycle management and technical control of Navy Deep Submergence Vehicles including SEACLIFF, TURTLE, DOLPHIN and NR-l, and Swimmer Delivery Systems such as the OSD and USS POINT LOMA (AGDS-2).

Among his more notable achievements has been leadership of the most ambitious deep ocean engineering project ever undertaken by the U.S. Navy, designed to keep the Nation at the leading edge of ocean engineering technology. Mr. O'Connor has been consistently recognized for his superb performance and extraordinary expertise in ocean engineering technology and exceptional leadership in the control and direction of one-of-a-kind technical projects of extraordinary national importance.

Mr. O'Connor has demonstrated productivity, growth and outstanding accomplishment in the field of naval engineering over the years, and is widely recognized by his peers as a leader in his field. John J. O'Connor is of such prestige as to merit acclamation by the Naval Engineering Community and is most deserving to receive the American Society of Naval Engineers Harold E. Saunders Award for 1993.