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Email: asnehq@navalengineers.org


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. 

Mr. Walter L. Clearwaters

Award: Solberg Award
Year: 1969
Mr. Walter L. Clearwaters
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following CITATION:

For exceptionally outstanding contributions to the Navy in the conception, design, and development of sonar detection, tracking, attack, and communication systems for the Submarine Forces. Over a span of twenty-five years, Mr. Clearwaters has directed a program which has provided the Fleet with an uninterrupted flow of highly successful developments, each of which advanced submarine operational effectiveness. Most of the sonars aboard the current fleet of nuclear attack submarines, ballistic missile submarines and older submarines are a direct outgrowth of laboratory programs carried out under his direction. It was largely owing to Mr. Clearwaters' technical expertness that the BQQ multifunction sonar suit was developed for new-construction submarines. This development extended the submarine's sonar capabilities by an order of magnitude, thus enabling the Submarine Forces to exploit more fully the potential of nuclear propulsion and new long range weapons.

In 1969, continuing research and development resulted in the extensive updating of the BQQ system and the evolution of several new concepts for future submarine sonars. This record of accomplishment reflects the vision, leadership, dedication, and competence of one of the Navy's leading experts on the design of submarine sonar systems and the application of sonar techniques to subsurface operations, and clearly indicated his worthiness to be selected for the 1969 Solberg Award.