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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.

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Dr. Alexander Westley Gray

 Rosenblatt Young Naval Engineer Award 
Dr. Alexander Westley Gray
for remarkable, early professional achievement with demonstrated potential for continued distinction in the field of naval engineering as set forth in the following:


Dr. Alexander Westley Gray has demonstrated remarkable professional achievements early in his career in transitioning powerful high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities and design space exploration (DSE) methods from academia to the challenging Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) where performance requirements and affordability for future warship concept designs are determined. He and his team have tirelessly continued to develop and improve the Computational Research and Engineering Acquisition Tools and Environments (CREATE)-Ships Rapid Ship Design Environment (RSDE) design space exploration software system. RSDE enables senior Navy decision-makers to rapidly and rigorously explore the whole design solution space for both the total ship and major shipboard systems while producing an enormous number of alternative concept designs leading to more rapid ship design and acquisition and more cost-effective warships. As a key member of two high level Navy design teams, he adeptly applied these new DSE tools in exploring the design solution space for the U.S. Navy’s LX(R) Analysis of Alternatives, where 22,000 ship concept alternatives were designed and assessed. Furthermore, SECDEF established the Small Surface Combatant Task Force (SSCTF) to provide options to senior leadership about the Littoral Combat Ship Program. These methods have been adopted by the FFGX Program and Future Surface Combatants (FSC) Program.

Known for his technical expertise in the use of early-stage ship and submarine design tools, and set-based design (SBD) theory, Dr. Gray was a key contributor to an important ship design study by the Navy’s Center for Innovation in Ship Design (CISD) at NAVSEA CARDEROCK comparing a more conventional point-based design solution approach to a Set-Based Design (SBD) approach, which identifies and simultaneously explores multiple options, eliminating poorer choices over time as the design process develops more technical information. The results of the CISD study demonstrated the significant advantages of SBD and an excellent technical paper co-authored and published by Dr. Gray contributed greatly to SBD being adopted throughout the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense.

For his exceptional early career contributions in keeping with the highest traditions of the Rosenblatt name, the American Society of Naval Engineers is pleased to name Dr. Alexander Westley Gray the recipient of the 2018 Rosenblatt Young Naval Engineer Award.