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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. Ramana V. Grandhi

Award: Solberg Award
Year: 2004
Dr. Ramana V. Grandhi
For his significant engineering research and development accomplishments in reliability-based, multidisciplinary design and optimization of undersea weapons

Dr. Ramana Grandhi's stellar achievements in multidisciplinary design and optimization (MDO) have generated original methodologies for new and efficient lightweight torpedo designs. Using innovative, reliability-based design optimization techniques, Dr. Grandhi has applied his methods to the creation of a variable shape cavitator for a supercavitating torpedo and to the development of a composite hull for a lightweight torpedo that withstands underwater explosions and reduces the acoustic signature. With remarkable insight, Dr. Grandhi formulated these methodologies for future undersea weapon systems by using computational modeling and reliability analysis to create a new generation of lightweight and supercavitating torpedoes.

Dr. Grandhi combines creative vision with unparalleled technical expertise in his approach to undersea weapons research. His use of finite element analysis for high-fidelity structural modeling, coupled with MDO, has presented new design concepts not previously considered. His forward-thinking approach applies shape optimization to design a variable shape cavitator to minimize drag at various speeds during the acceleration stage of the torpedo. By applying knowledge gained from a rich history of uncertainty-based design, Dr. Grandhi has formulated a new concept for handling interval variables using evidence theory and stochastic polynomial chaos expansion.

The work done by Dr. Grandhi and his research team at Wright State University is breaking new ground and has garnered the attention of his peers. Dr. Grandhi is always searching for new ways to implement the MDO techniques he has developed and the Navy is a prime beneficiary of his creative vision. His remarkable research contributions and his leadership within the field of naval engineering make him truly most deserving of the ASNE Solberg Award for 2004.