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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. 

Mr. Michael F. Tangora

Award: Harold E. Saunders Award
Year: 2012
Mr. Michael F. Tangora
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

Mr. Michael F. Tangora has provided remarkable service to the United States naval services over the past 30 years. An internationally recognized expert in naval engineering and shipbuilding, he has been heralded as a champion for standardization, technical partnerships, and the development of his fellow engineers.

With an emphasis on commonality of systems, Mr. Tangora's technical expertise and leadership paved the way for the implementation of improved automation for combat systems, machinery control, and other shipboard systems. Now widely adopted on U.S. Navy ships, these systems have enhanced productivity and increased safety. Several large organizations under his leadership have been responsible for the construction, delivery, and overhaul of some of the nation's largest and most complex vessels, including U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. Additionally, his recent efforts with the USCG have culminated in some of the most successful, critical recapitalization programs undertaken by the Department of Homeland Security. These efforts include the National Security Cutter and the Fast Response Cutter. Delivery of these highly capable assets under Mr. Tangora's direction ensures that the USCG is always ready to meet its dual missions of homeland security and maritime safety.

Mr. Tangora earned a reputation as a strong and personable mentor to both his naval engineering colleagues and the next generation of acquisition professionals and naval engineers in the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy. His efforts have highlighted the need to secure current and future naval engineering and shipbuilding talent for the government. Moreover, he has helped establish a solid foundation for the future of naval engineering, and raised the value placed on naval engineering involvement in the acquisition enterprise.

As a demonstrated leader who exemplifies the highest ideals of the American Society of Naval Engineers, Mr. Tangora is indeed most deserving of the 2012 Harold E. Saunders Award.