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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. 

John J. Slager

Award: Harold E. Saunders Award
Year: 1999
Mr. John J. Slager
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

Mr. Slager is arguably America’s most accomplished applied naval hydrodynamicist of the post World War II era. He has been the preeminent influence on the hull form design of U.S. naval surface ships over the last third of the Twentieth Century.

In the areas of ship design and ship hydrodynamic performance in terms of resistance, powering, and motions; Mr. Slager has achieved a stature reserved for a handful of professionals in this country. Virtually every surface ship hull design in the U. S. Navy today has had the imprint of his expertise or has passed his scrutiny. Further, he has shown extraordinary insight in developing hull forms with low resistance. He has developed methods for estimating appendage resistance, and is a recognized expert in the interpretation and expansion of towing tank model test data and its correlation to ship trial data. He developed and assisted in the development of many of the standards, policies and practices used today in hull form and hydrodynamics efforts.

Beyond his unparalleled influence on individual ship hull designs, Mr. Slager has shown singular dedication to advancement of the art and practice of hydrodynamic ship design and the development of design tools. He contributed personally to the advancement of computer applications for ship hydrodynamics and hull form design. Mr. Slager was an early user and a developer of synthesis design tools. He was a true systems engineer long before the term became popular. Additionally, by synthesizing analysis results, model test results and ship trial data, Mr. Slager was able to assure that the lessons learned from the past were applied. Furthermore, by systematically assembling the records of hull designs and analyses, he made it possible that future hull designers can benefit from this experience as well.

Mr. Slager’s accomplishments in the areas of total ship design, hull-form design, and hydrodynamics are by themselves sufficient to rank him with the very best. But, the processes and tools he developed; his careful documentation of the methods and results of his extensive tests and analyses; and the enormous knowledge he has imparted to many naval architect and engineers he has so generously mentored will all extend his influence well into the twenty-first century. Mr. Slager truly exemplifies the ideals of this award and he is most deserving of the Harold E. Saunders Award.