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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. Bruce E. Sandman

Award: Solberg Award
Year: 1996
Dr. Bruce E. Sandman
For his significant engineering research and development in ship structural acoustics and weapon silencing as set forth in the following:

Dr. Bruce E. Sandman is an internationally recognized expert in structural acoustics who has devoted his distinguished career to developing quieter and more effective undersea vehicle systems. He has been a leader in advancing the state-of-the-art in structure-borne acoustic energy and radiated flow-noise damping, sonar self-noise control, and analysis of composite materials for the anti-submarine warfare environment. His original research in these key technologies has led to real and measurable improvements for the Navy's Submarine Force, providing an acoustic advantage that is critical to combat survivability.

The shift in undersea warfare emphasis from the Cold War era focus on open ocean operation to the current emphasis on the vastly different acoustic environment in littoral waters presented many challenges to scientists and engineers. Dr. Sandman pursued research to demonstrate that torpedo propulsion noise could be effectively controlled to meet the more stringent requirements of shallow waters. He successfully adapted his important research in structural acoustics into an extremely effective and affordable modification program for the Mk 48 ADCAP torpedo. Dr. Sandman's efforts culminated in improvements to the Mk 48 ADCAP torpedo that provide our Submarine Force with a weapon that will be much more difficult to detect or track and one that will have improved sensor performance. Test data has proven that the upgraded Mk 48 ADCAP is two orders of magnitude quieter, a remarkable achievement. Dr. Sandman has provided a vastly quieter weapon at low cost, achieving far more than was thought possible.

Based on the quality of his research and engineering skills, Dr. Sandman was selected by a committee of his peers to hold the Distinguished Chair in Science and Engineering in Undersea Vehicle Propulsion and Quieting. His achievements over the past several years are the culmination of a career dedicated to finding practical solutions to warfighting requirements, and reflect his unique ability to combine theoretical and experimental work to develop performance enhancements to weapons systems.

Dr. Sandman represents the finest qualities of the Navy's research scientists, applying breakthrough innovation to achieve critical performance improvements at an affordable price. His accomplishments are most deserving of the recognition accorded by the ASNE Solberg Award.