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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. 

Dr. Roger H. Compton

Award: Solberg Award
Year: 1995
Dr. Roger H. Compton
For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following CITATION:

Dr. Roger H. Compton is one of the most experienced and respected faculty members at the U.S. Naval Academy. He is Director of the Naval Academy Hydromechanics Laboratory, and is a superb teacher, research and administrator. Research projects conducted under Professor Compton's tutelage have included comparative studies of US/Soviet hull shapes which influenced hydrodynamic devices on ships of the FFG 7 Class, systematic experiments on a family of YP hull forms during the design of the Academy's yard patrol craft, and HYSWAS, an example of advanced marine vehicle development for which a prototype is currently being tested.

Professor Compton is currently directing a major experimental effort to develop a new Intact Stability Criteria for surface vessels. This effort goes to the very heart of ship design and construction practices and is aimed at revising and updating the Sargens and Goldberg stability criteria. That criteria, the so-called "100-knot beam wind" criteria, has long been a source of concern and controversy in ship design practice. The project required design of a system to develop scale wind conditions in the USNA 380-foot towing tank and the means to accurately measure both wind and wave conditions as well as model performance. The project has compared model test results to the actual sea trial performance of two Coast Guard cutters, including a 378 foot high endurance class cutter. The results of this project are being used by the Naval Engineering Center and the U.S. Coast Guard to revise the intact stability criteria so that it more realistically reflects the actual dynamics involved when surface ships are exposed to very high winds and sea states.

Professor Compton's influence on young naval architects and engineers is particularly commendable. His enthusiasm for naval architecture and his efforts to develop critical thinking and ingenuity in these future naval officers are of great benefit in the development of the future leaders of our Navy and industry. Dr. Roger H. Compton embodies the principles extolled by Admiral Solberg and is richly deserving of the Solberg Award for 1995.