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Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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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. 

Dr. Colen Kennell

Award: Solberg Award
Year: 2003
Dr. Colen Kennell
For his significant engineering research and development accomplishments in the design of advanced, high-speed naval vessels and sea basing concepts

Dr. Colen Kennell has demonstrated exceptional leadership and superb technical acumen in establishing and leading innovation cells that were focused on advancing the state of the art and developing innovative design concepts in key technology areas including high speed sealift; small, high-speed naval combatant ships; and advanced sea basing concepts. In each key area Dr. Kennell's teams evaluated a wide range of system concepts, assessed the adequacy of critical technologies to support those concepts, defined and ranked the research and development needed to bring the critical technologies to the desired state of readiness, and developed a comprehensive technology development plan to serve as a roadmap for the maturation of critical technologies to reduce the technical risk for design and construction of preferred system concepts.

In carrying out his innovative and far-ranging research, Dr. Kennell has not only achieved remarkable advances in technology, but he has also significantly refined and improved the technology development process. He has led his innovation cells in a collaborative way that has enhanced the knowledge and understanding of team members, encouraged creativity and communication, fostered the development and improvement of design and analysis tools and instilled an emphasis on system level understanding with a bias toward implementation.

These notable achievements add to a long and distinguished record of nurturing highly innovative research and development teams and producing creative results that have fostered revolutionary improvements in the design and construction of advanced naval vehicles. Dr. Colen Kennell has earned a reputation as the Navy's leading technical authority for advanced naval vehicles and he is truly most deserving of the ASNE Solberg Award for 2003.