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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. 

Dr. Bernard Douda

Award: Harold E. Saunders Award
Year: 2002
Dr. Bernard Douda
For his for his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

Dr. Bernard Douda's career in Naval Engineering spans half a century marked by extraordinary devotion to excellence in Research and Development at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana. He has demonstrated consistent and remarkable professional growth in a highly specialized field of critical importance to Naval Warfare. From his early days as Pyrotechnic Officer in the former Naval Ammunition Depot, he was instrumental in helping to establish a research and development capability at Crane and he has consistently advanced both his own capability and that of the organization to a point of world-class stature and recognition as a valuable national asset.

Dr. Douda has been responsible for many pioneering developments in the field of pyrotechnics and he has worked extensively with international organizations in cooperative efforts dealing with the research, development, test and evaluation of all military aspects of pyrotechnics, smokes and incendiaries. He is an acknowledged expert in Illuminating Design & Development of Flares which involves signaling, projectile, illuminating and aircraft parachute flares; colored flames and smokes; Infrared flares and decoys; and radio frequency chaff. He has authored 125 technical reports and been granted 13 patents in various aspects of pyrotechnics and he has been recognized by his peers with numerous awards.

Dr. Douda has displayed truly remarkable productivity, growth and outstanding accomplishment in engineering with world-wide recognition by his peers as a leader in the field of pyrotechnics. He has amassed a staggering knowledge base in the pyrotechnic field over the course of his stellar career. He continually works to share this impressive knowledge with other Crane personnel. His accomplishments are most worthy of the acclaim of the American Society of Naval Engineers by presentation of the prestigious Harold E. Saunders Award.