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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. David J. Singer

Award: Solberg Award
Year: 2012
Dr. David J. Singer
For his significant contributions to naval engineering as set forth in the following:

Dr. David Singer served a critical role on the U.S. Navy's Ship-to-Shore Connector program during its preliminary design. His efforts in educating the design team in Set Based Design and managing the design process brought the project to fruition, and will continue to influence naval design for years to come.

Since its initial successful implementation, Dr. Singer has significantly advanced the use of Set Based Design methods, improving the ability of highly constrained designs to converge. Most recently, Dr. Singer has applied design space mapping methods and Markov decision process methods to Set Based Design. The combination of these two approaches has improved the ability to understand the outcomes of design space, the relationships among design variables, and performance metrics. This led to more globally-optimized designs that can be produced more quickly and more effectively.

Until its use in the preliminary design of the Ship-to-Shore Connector, Set Based Design was an unproven academic model in naval ship design. Dr. Singer's research efforts in this area validated and led to the first successful deployment of the model. The Navy's current ability to implement Set Based Design modeling during the design process of naval ships is the result of his work. Set Based Design has been institutionalized within the manuals for the Navy's Ship Design Manager and Ship Integration Manager. Moreover, the Navy's early stage ship design tool environment has embraced the Set Based Design model, and is actively implementing this model in tools developed for use in design of future Navy ships. 

The recapitalization of our fleet through the implementation of Set Based Design in the coming decades will be reliant on the innovative work of Dr. Singer. For his path-breaking research in ship design and his contributions to the future of naval engineering, Dr. Singer is truly deserving of the 2012 ASNE Solberg Award.