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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. 

Dr. Theresa Shafer

Award: Rosenblatt Young Naval Engineer Award 


Dr. Theresa Shafer


For remarkable, early professional achievement with demonstrated potential for continued distinction in the field of naval engineering as set forth in the following: 

An innovative, knowledgeable, and motivated young engineer who exhibits the technical knowledge and leadership skills equal to those of any seasoned engineer, Dr. Theresa Shafer has already made significant contributions to the naval engineering community in the field UAV engineering during her relatively brief career. 

Dr. Shafer's competence and innovation have resulted in increased computational analysis of small UAVs and contributed to a paradigm shift at NAVAIR that includes physics-based simulation analysis in the early phases of the development process. Over the past several years she has worked to create a standard, streamlined, validated process for generating data that supports air-worthiness decisions of small UAVs. Based on the strength of the engineering data available from Dr. Shafer's process and working database for small UAVs, the Navy has been able to develop flight clearance limits that are used directly in air-worthiness assessments of small UAVs.  Her work has led to the clearance of several UAVs, and provided decision makers with a flight dynamic and performance evaluation capability through physics-based simulation tools. Dr. Shafer's contributions to the small UAV program will undoubtedly result in incalculable long-term savings to the Navy as a whole, as well as the increased capabilities of its small UAVs.

In addition, over the past few years, Dr. Shafer has shown herself to be an effective manager, leading individuals to develop their strengths to foster personal and professional growth and maximize project success. She has successfully managed both seasoned and junior engineers. Confident in her own abilities, she is also open to learning from engineers with more experience, while at the same time patient and respectful of junior engineers, providing them initial guidance and giving them room to succeed independently. 

In recognition of her early professional achievements in physics based UAV testing and her demonstrated potential for continued growth both as an engineer and as a leader, Dr. Theresa Shafer is truly deserving of the 2014 Rosenblatt Young Naval Engineer Award.