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Email: asnehq@navalengineers.org


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. Robert G. Keane, Jr.

Award: Harold E. Saunders Award
Year: 2009
Mr. Robert G. Keane, Jr.
Reason: for his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

Throughout his accomplished career spanning more than forty years, Mr. Robert Keane rose to the most senior executive leadership positions of Chief Naval Architect of the Navy and the Navy's Chief of Ship Design. His reputation for innovation and excellence has made him one of the most influential and respected leaders of naval ship design during the past four decades. His innovative leadership of the Navy's ship design community from 1985-2002 is characterized by his unique ability to select and develop exceptional ship design managers and consistently produce outstanding ship design teams. Bob Keane held his ship design leadership position longer than any previous incumbent since World War II, yet he consistently sought ways to improve the ship design and acquisition process. His foresight has resulted in revolutionary improvements to the warship design and construction process.

When faced with an aging workforce and loss of ship design intellectual capital, he convinced the senior Navy leadership to establish the Navy's Center for Innovation in Ship Design (CISD). Its mission is to advance the theory and practice of ship design by combining the best ideas and experience of industry, government, and academia. As the Chair of the ASNE-SNAME Joínt Ship Design Committee (SDC), he has reinvigorated the ship design community with a series of meetings each focused on a critical, timely technical issue and he has empowered young engineers to take leadership roles in the committee’s working groups. As a result, he continues to contribute to the development of new generations of ship design leaders who are leading warship design into the 2lst century.

Bob Keane is, without question, one of the world's leading experts on the design of naval ships. He continues to make noteworthy contributions to the Navy's ship design capabilities. His lifetime of service and achievement for the U.S. Navy and for ASNE make him a truly worthy recipient of the 2009 Harold E. Saunders Award.