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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. Christopher C. Bassler

Award: Solberg Award
Year: 2014
Dr. Christopher C. Bassler
For his significant engineering research and development accomplishments in the field of ship design and hydrodynamics as set forth in the following:

Dr. Christopher Bassler has pursued a comprehensive effort to markedly improve the U.S. Navy’s advanced ship design capability for surface combatants. Using agile design processes and integrated design tools, he has achieved noteworthy technical developments and led the transition of key ideas and methods into the Navy’s ship design tools.

Dr. Bassler has assembled a comprehensive research portfolio including improved methods and tools for modeling surface combatant affordability and warfighting effectiveness and incorporating flexible/modular ship architectures, balanced ship hull form design, Arctic operations, and dynamic stability assessment in early-stage ship design. He has also personally led the application of these advanced capabilities to major design studies supporting critical Navy decisions on future surface combatant acquisition.

Dr. Bassler’s efforts to expand the capacity and capability for surface combatant ship design has included development and leadership of a pre-acquisition studies and research annual portfolio of $5-6M, recruiting young naval architects and engineers, mentoring graduate research, and working cooperatively with international US allies and partners to further enhance capabilities for surface combatant design despite the current fiscally constrained environment.

Dr. Bassler’s exceptional research, leadership, and collaboration have greatly enhanced development and application of advanced surface ship design tools and methods and he is most highly deserving of the Society’s 2014 Solberg Award.