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Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone (703) 836-6727
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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. Richard C. Swenson

Award: Solberg Award
Year: 1981
Mr. Richard C. Swenson
For his significant contributions to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

In recognition of his outstanding leadership and personal research and development contributions in the field of Kevlar Cabling Technology. Mr. Swenson has pioneered the use of Kevlar, a DuPont-produced, high-strength, low stretch aramid fiber for oceanographic applications. His accomplishments have had enormous impact on at sea oceanographic operations involving cabling for mooring, towing, or lowering. The technology developed by Mr. Swenson has resulted in lower costs, increased safety, increased versatility, higher reliability, and reduced dependency on large specially configured ships.

Mr. Swenson supervised the development of the Versatile Experimental Kevlar Array (VEKA) which represents a major breakthrough in the technology of cabled systems and significantly impacts on the Navy's ability to study the environment and to operate in a more effective manner. Mr. Swenson's perseverance, dedication, and unselfish efforts to meet the Navy's needs have resulted in significant advancement of naval engineering and thereby make him worthy of selection for the Solberg Award for 1981.