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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. 

Mr. Michael J. Superczynski, Jr.

Award: Solberg Award
Year: 1988
Mr. Michael J. Superczynski, Jr.
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following CITATION:

Michael J. Superczynski, Jr. has distinguished himself as a leader in the development of technology essential to superconducting electric propulsion machinery systems. He has expanded the application of this technology to weapons and pulsed power sources. In particular, he originated the idea of integrating the electric drive and weapons systems in the futuristic combatant. This integration will provide the means to allow massive amounts of pulsed power from the propulsion system to be used to power directed or kinetic energy weapons which are likely to exist in the future.

Mr. Superczynski has led the Navy's efforts in the development of superconducting magnets and materials for use in advanced superconducting machines by developing a process for winding high current density superconducting magnets which yield the reliability and predictability required for Navy applications. In the course of this development, he initiated investigations of thermal stability, strain effects and magnet mechanical design which set precedents in the entire field of superconducting magnet technology. As a result of these efforts the Navy has the technology to move forward with the development of full scale superconducting machines.

In the area of cryogenic refrigeration, essential to the application of superconducting technology, Mr. Superczynski has led efforts which have significantly increased the reliability of available helium liquifiers. Additionally, he has led the development of an innovative magnetic refrigeration concept which offers the promise of radical improvements in efficiency while eliminating compressors from the cryogenic refrigeration cycle.

In the advanced current collection area, Mr. Superczynski has continued and expanded the development of liquid metal current collectors. Extending this technology to pulsed power applications has led to the demonstration of the highest continuous current density in a current collector known to date. These outstanding contributions to our defense technology make Michael J. Supercynski, Jr. eminently qualified to receive the Solberg Award for 1988.