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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. 

Elizabeth Anne Sandel

Award: Harold E. Saunders Award - Lifetime Achievement
Year: 2019
Recipient: Elizabeth Anne Sandel

Reason: For her significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following.


Through her inspirational leadership, engineering legacy, and business versality, Anne Sandel has repeatedly demonstrated that she is one of the most inspirational and outstanding civilian leaders in the Navy. No other single Navy Senior Executive has made such a positive impact across so many fields of engineering to the U.S. Navy this century.

Currently the senior executive overseeing the innovative center of excellence at the Office of Naval Research, Ms. Sandel has arguably touched and provided leadership across all areas of the Navy including ship design, combat system design, Fleet maintenance and modernization, international cooperation and technology sharing, and most recently R&D/Science and Technology. Having started her career with the Newport News Shipbuilding Engineering Team working on aircraft carrier and submarine design & production, her career traversed surface combatants, aircraft carriers, submarines, polar icebreakers, and mobile offshore base design, construction and management.

For the past twenty years, Ms. Sandel’s thought leadership, guidance and perseverance drove many of the Navy’s greatest technology challenges including CVN 21, NIFC-CA, and JCREW and have brought transformative change both in the U.S. Navy and abroad. Under Ms. Sandel’s direction, U.S. Navy international cooperation peaked with a country agreement to move forward on SNEP II, the Saudi Naval Expansion Program. Her inspirational leadership was instrumental in helping promote U.S. interests and defense objectives with Technology Security and Foreign Disclosure National Strategies. Ms. Sandel’s future aircraft carrier design contributions factored in a solution that will be operational and relevant for the next 100 years., an engineering feat never envisioned in the history of the U.S. Navy. As the first civilian female PEO in the U.S. Navy, Ms. Sandel’s other accomplishments and career highlights speak for themselves:

  • Champion for the Naval Open Architecture policy, a journey from inception to “go live” and ongoing as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, a role initially created for her change management leadership and capability.
  • First Navy executive to lead the international Maritime Missile Theater Defense Forum spearheading the first international Standard Missile test event that culminated at the Hebrides Range, Scotland.
  • Founding Executive Director for the PEO Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) responsible for realigning all Navy surface ship combat systems under one PEO, including integration with submarine combat system development.
  • Executive Director for the NAVSEA Surface Warfare Maintenance and Modernization programs with oversight responsibility for a Surface Warfare portfolio in excess of $15Billion dollars.
  • Founding Executive Director for PEO Littoral Combat Ships (recently renamed PEO Unmanned and Surface Combatants), responsible for design integration, development and tests, trials and evaluations under one roof to bring a revolution in small surface combatant design.
  • Ms. Sandel’s diverse background is unparalleled and her impact to the U.S. Navy monumental. She is an inspiration and role model for officers, engineers, program managers, and aspiring civilian government servants. For her leadership, personal integrity, strength of character, perseverance, technical innovation and dedication to one’s country, the American Society of Naval Engineers is humbled to name Ms. Elizabeth Anne Sandel the recipient of the 2019 Harold E. Saunders Award.