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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. Ivan N. Kirschner

Award: Solberg Award
Year: 1997
Dr. Ivan N. Kirschner
For his significant engineering research and development in supercavitating high speed bodies as set forth in the following:

Dr. Kirschner leads a research effort that has evolved into one of the most promising undersea weaponry development programs to emerge on the Navy acquisition scene in years. Leading a team of highly capable researchers, he has substantially advanced the understanding of the physics of supersonic, supercavitating underwater bodies. Further, he has demonstrated that the emerging field of Adaptable, High-Speed, Undersea Munitions has potential to address one of the Navy's most pressing undersea warfare issues: how to provide submarines with a terminal (close range) self-defense capability against torpedoes.

The research conducted by Dr. Kirschner and his team in achieving new standards in underwater supercavitating projectiles was painstaking and complex. It involved his coordination and integration of a broad range of activities; from instrumentation, to launch hardware, to numerical hydrodynamics studies. His team converted gun components for submerged use and adapted existing gun hardware so that it could be used to fire projectiles while submerged. They also developed special instrumentation and triggering systems to measure and image test results. These capabilities have been integrated into one of his team's most impressive achievements associated with their research, the design and installation of a unique facility - Division Newport's Supercavitating High-Speed Bodies Test Range.

Dr. Kirschner's prominent role in achieving impressive milestones for the Supercavitating High-Speed Bodies Program cannot be overstated. His team's achievements are directly attributable to his technical skills, tenacity and resourcefulness in conducting this important body of work. He is clearly the driving force behind his team's research successes and he has a key role in the bright future of systems that employ supercavitating projectiles. His leadership in advancing supercavitating bodies research and technology is most deserving of the American Society of Naval Engineer=s Solberg Award for 1997.