1423 Powhatan St., Suite 1
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone (703) 836-6727
Fax (703) 836-7491
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. Robert Koch

Award: Solberg Award
Year: 2010
Dr. Robert Koch
For his significant engineering research and development accomplishments in the field of anti-corrosion technologies and materials engineering.


In 2009, Dr. Robert Koch was named the U.S. Navy’s Senior Technologist (ST) in Undersea Tactical Stealth Systems, residing in the Chief Technology Office at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Newport. Prior to that, he was the Head of the NUWC Division Newport Solid Mechanics and Design Branch, managing 18-20 technical employees, and a Chief Research Scientist in Applied Mechanics. Dr. Koch is an internationally recognized researcher in structural- and hydro-acoustics noise propagation, advanced mathematical analysis of transient dynamic high-energy shock events, and general theoretical and applied mechanics formulations.

Dr. Koch received his Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from Polytechnic University of New York in 1991. His research interests are in computational methods for large-scale problems in 3D fluid/structure interaction, structural acoustics and silencing, and nonlinear solid mechanics. Dr. Koch has researched and published in many areas of computational structural mechanics and acoustics including supercavitating high speed vehicles, statistical energy analysis for structureborne sound transmission in undersea vehicles, marine propulsor structural and structural acoustics analysis, p-version finite element analysis, boundary element advanced analysis, and thermo-fluid-elasto-plastic-creep simulation of the casting fabrication process. Of particular recent interest is the application of explicit finite element methods for the inelastic nonlinear dynamic shock response simulation of complex submerged structures subject to underwater explosions and also high frequency numerical analysis of coupled fluid/structure acoustic sensor systems.

Dr. Koch was recently named the recipient of the 2009 Office of Naval Research (ONR) CAPT Robert Dexter Conrad Award for Scientific Achievement. He is also a member of AIAA, ASME, ASA, Sigma Xi, and formerly the New York Academy of Sciences, has been cited eight times each in both Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in America, and has been a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Rhode Island since 1996. After becoming a “Top Ten” national finalist in 2004, he was named the National Society of Professional Engineers’ National Federal Engineer of the Year in 2005. In 2006, Dr. Koch was also selected as one of eight Professional Engineers (PEs) nationally for a permanent seat on the Mechanical Engineering Board of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) to prepare the National Mechanical Engineering PE Examination. As a volunteer for the NCEES since 2001, he has also established national grading standards. Dr. Koch has also been an Adjunct Professor of Engineering, teaching undergraduate engineering courses for the past 24 years at Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY, and Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI.