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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 Millard Firebaugh, USN (Ret.)

Award: Harold E. Saunders Award
Year: 2016
Recipient: RADM Millard Firebaugh, USN (Ret.)

Reason: for his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following


RADM Millard Firebaugh is widely recognized as a leader in advanced technology and program management including research and development, ship design, shipbuilding, power systems and electronics, alternative energy, business, education and personnel development.

A four-time M.I.T. graduate, Admiral Firebaugh’s active duty and civilian roles have included Ship Design Manager, NAVSEA where he managed the design of the SSN 688 Class Vertical Launch System and headed an Arctic task team, advancing the Navy’s capacity to conduct Arctic operations; SEAWOLF Program Manager, leading a multi-billion dollar program in submarine technology development; Deputy Commander for Engineering and Chief Engineer, NAVSEA where he was responsible for specifications, standards, and design for Navy ships, systems, and equipment for acquisition and maintenance; General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corp serving as Vice President – Advanced Development and Chief Engineer then as Vice President – Innovation and Chief Engineer involved in the design of the VIRGINIA Class submarines and the conversion design of four TRIDENT Class submarines from strategic ballistic missile submarines to cruise missile submarines; and currently as Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Practice at the University of Maryland where he shares his broad technical expertise with the next generation of engineers and supports research in the Center for Engineering Concepts Development. He is a member of The National Academy of Engineering and was awarded the ASNE Gold Medal in 1986.

Admiral Firebaugh has been committed to technical excellence in naval engineering throughout his 55 year professional career with his proudest efforts directed at developing future leaders in the profession. It is for this lifetime of enduring contribution that the Society names RADM Millard Firebaugh, USN (Ret.) the recipient of the 2016 Harold E. Saunders Award.