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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. Joseph J. Barbano

Award: Solberg Award
Year: 1993
Mr. Joseph J. Barbano
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following CITATION:

Joseph J. Barbano's efforts have resulted in SHIPALTS for numerous classes of surface combatants, and the application of low observable technology to new surface platforms. In the mid 1980s, he was responsible for the planning and execution of the test program for a classified technology demonstration program. The results demonstrated the feasibility of applying signature reduction technology to surface combatants. He accelerated the program by six years by establishing new technical methodologies for design, testing, development, validation, and assessment of low observable applications. He developed quality assurance standards, test procedures and specifications for the low observable materials and components.

Mr. Barbano directed the first two large-scale applications of signature reduction technology to surface combatants. In the Persian Gulf, he led a team of one-hundred contractor personnel to conduct rapid installations of low-observable applications on forward deployed combatants in preparation for Operation Desert Storm. He has significantly improved the self-defense capability of existing surface combatants and provided new capabilities for the future surface navy. Mr. Barbano's advancement of naval engineering through far-reaching research and development make him most worthy of selection for the ASNE Solberg Award for 1993.