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Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone (703) 836-6727
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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. 

Mr. William C. Nickerson

Award: Solberg Award
Year: 2009
Mr. William C. Nickerson
For his significant engineering research and development accomplishments in the field of anti-corrosion technologies and materials engineering as set forth in the following:

With more than 14 years of experience within the Department of Defense community, and 10 years as the lead investigator for multiple materials corrosion and coatings programs within the Naval Air Systems Command engineering community, Mr. William C. Nickerson has developed revolutionary anti-corrosion technologies with an eye toward personnel protection and increased capabilities.

Mr. Nickerson is responsible for the invention, development, and implementation of several chromate-free metal finishing and coatings technologies in the last three years. The eventual elimination of chromate-containing coatings for corrosion inhibition is of utmost importance to ensure the safety of DOD personnel and significantly reduce the burden related to hazardous materials handling and disposal. The coatings developed by Mr. Nickerson have replaced carcinogenic materials to the benefit of both the environment and our service personnel and have resulted in a decrease in disposal and application costs without compromising performance. These technologies have also resulted in numerous patents for both himself and the Navy which have been licensed to chemical suppliers resulting in annual sales of over $5 million, with future potential income estimated at over $10-20 million annually, enabling further research and development for such technologies.

An excellent engineer with a desire to protect the future of our naval aircraft, personnel, and the environment, Mr. Nickerson is most deserving of the Society’s 2009 Solberg Award.