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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. 

CAPT Joseph F. Yurso, P.E., USN (Ret.)

Award: Harold E. Saunder Award
Year: 2008
CAPT Joseph F. Yurso, P.E., USN (Ret.)
for his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following CITATION:

RADM Dale G. Gable, USCG (left) and RADM William C. Wyatt, USN (Ret.) (right) present the Harold E. Saunders Award to CAPT Joseph F. Yurso, P.E., USN (Ret.).Since beginning his career as an engineer at the U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships prior to entering the Navy as an Engineering Duty Officer, Captain Joseph Yurso has spent over fifty years dedicated to naval engineering.

In the course of over thirty years of active duty in the Navy, Captain Yurso had a number of significant assignments including Chief Engineer on a surface combatant, as well as many tours at naval shipyards. His major commands included Commanding Officer at both SUPSHIP Groton and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. For each of those assignments he was awarded the Legion of Merit. During his career Captain Yurso made a lasting impression on the Navy and the field of Naval Engineering. From the creation of submarine safety programs to the development of testing protocols which are still in use in the Navy today, Captain Yurso has demonstrated a passion for process control and improvement driving him to define critical elements, identify strengths and weakness and then develop and implement meaningful change to ensure process quality.

His passion for the Engineering Profession has extended far beyond his professional career to include active participation in many professional organizations, including his tenure as President of the Society in 1997-1999. He continues to serve on industry panels to assist the Navy in solving critical issues associated with Naval Engineering. Captain Yurso has left his mark, not only on the Navy and the field of Naval Engineering, but also on the next generation of engineers by mentoring middle school students in math and science, working closely with Old Dominion University to motivate engineering students as a visiting lecturer, and revitalizing the ASNE student section at Old Dominion University. Captain Yurso is a true professional and an excellent role model for many. His lifetime of service and achievement both to the US Navy and ASNE make him a truly worthy recipient of ASNE’s 2008 Harold E. Saunders Award.