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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. A. Erich Baitis

Award: Solberg Award
Year: 1982
Mr. A. Erich Baitis
For his significant contributions to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

In recognition of significant engineering research and development contributions in the area of improved helicopter operations from a ship in a seaway.

As a Group Leader in the Surface Ship Dynamics Branch at the David Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center, Carderock, Mr. Baitis has been responsible for the technical leadership of a group of professional engineers and scientists, and in this role he has been primarily concerned with applied and exploratory R&D in the area of ship sea-keeping. Mr. Baitis has made two major contributions which address reduction of ship roll motion by use of rudders and ship operator guidance for helicopter operations. Much of the research and development effort has made use of at-sea trials and experience obtained with U.S. Coast Guard HAMILTON Class cutters and is directly applicable to Navy frigates and destroyers. Two HAMILTON Class cutters have operated successfully with his rudder roll stabilization system for many months with demonstrated reliability and roll reductions ranging up to fifty percent in beam waves and up to twenty percent in quartering waves for a state five sea.

Mr. Baitis has carried out pioneering research and development on crew performance and safety while working under adverse ship motion and environmental conditions. Mr. Baitis' dedication, perseverance, and unselfish efforts have resulted in new tools and procedures which make helicopter landing and handling operations safer and more effective and have resulted in significant advancement of Naval Engineering, thereby making him worthy of selection for the Solberg Award for 1982.