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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. 

RADM William C. Wyatt, USN (Ret.)

Award: Harold E. Saunders Award
Year: 2007
RADM William C. Wyatt, USN (Ret.)
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

For over sixty years, Rear Admiral William “Bill” Wyatt has been an uncompromising champion of the needs of Fleet operators during all stages of the long, arduous life-cycle process of U.S. Navy ships. Admiral Wyatt was the first ship Program Manager for the CG-47 Class missile cruiser, where he led the ship through the initial design phase and through its transfer to the AEGIS Project. Under his experienced leadership, a successful CG-47 ship design was developed exploiting the Navy’s in-house ship design capabilities and employing a strong centralized ship design management approach.

He led the first introduction into the Navy’s surface fleet of reduced manning, low maintenance gas turbine propulsion and controllable, reversible pitch propellers, which continue to be the workhorse of today’s surface combatant fleet. Admiral Wyatt’s foresight and leadership as the DD-963 Program Manager not only allowed the Fleet to more easily upgrade the DD-963 class ships during their long service lives, but also enabled the Navy to get the AEGIS Combat System into the Fleet in the CG-47 class ships in an expeditious manner. Admiral Wyatt’s exceptional management execution contributed significantly to the Navy’s Surface Combatant Fleet and these contributions continue today.

More recently, Admiral Wyatt has served on a Surface Warfare Study Group charted by the Chief of Naval Operation (CNO), exploring a wide range of surface warfare capabilities, design and acquisition strategies and human capital development. He has relied on his exceptional experience and has presented a number of innovative strategies focused primarily on the design, engineering and contract formulation phases of the acquisition process with emphasis on ensuring adequate design oversight by the Navy’s technical authorities.

Admiral Wyatt is a true professional and has been an excellent role model for many military and civilians over his long career. His lifetime of exceptional service and achievement make him truly deserving of ASNE’s 2007 Harold E. Saunders Award.