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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 Ronald J. Rábago, USCG

Award: Harold E. Saunders Award
Year: 2013
RADM Ronald J. Rábago, USCG
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

Over the past 35 years Rear Admiral Rábago has provided an outstanding example of naval engineering leadership and acquisition excellence while serving at increasingly high levels of responsibility in U.S. shipbuilding, modernization, maintenance, logistics, and maritime operations. His most impressive contributions have been made during some of the Coast Guard's most challenging periods and defining moments when he was at the forefront of change. He has led a total restructuring of the Coast Guard's approach to shipbuilding and acquisition while positioning the Coast Guard to accommodate the Commandant's modernization and transformation goals.

His early work in maritime inspection and law enforcement, ship yard management, and maritime operational leadership created a solid experience base and foundation for managing large organizations responsible for construction, delivery, overhaul, and operations of some of the Coast Guard's largest and most complex naval ships, aircraft and systems.The innovative technologies he helped create and implement have steered current naval engineering and shipbuilding practices to emphasize commonality of systems, and have laid a solid foundation for future generations of naval engineers. Rear Admiral Rábago has been one of the most instrumental leaders and technical engineering forces behind the Coast Guard's transformation, leading a professional acquisition force that is driving the modernization of the Coast Guard and the resulting operational success.

A demonstrated leader who has consistently exemplified the highest traditions of the American Society of Naval Engineers, Rear Admiral Rábago is indeed most deserving of the 2013 Harold E. Saunders Award.