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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. 

CAPT John P. Cordle, USN(Ret.)

Award: Solberg Award - Research
Year: 2019
Recipient: CAPT John P. Cordle, USN(Ret.)

For his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following:


In 2013, after 30 years of service, Captain Cordle retired from the United States Navy with many sea tours, titles and recognitions including the distinguished CNO Epictetus Award for Innovative Leadership. In his final tour, he served as Chief of Staff for Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, with adjunct duties as Force Maintenance and Force Manning Officer. However, among his most significant career achievements are the post-retirement academic and operational contributions he is making in the area of Human Systems Engineering; specifically, incorporating fatigue studies and circadian watch rotation research into the design and operation of Navy ships. His efforts directly contributed to one of the most significant naval policy changes in decades with the Commander of Naval Surface Forces directing the use of circadian watch rotation on all ships. “No single individual in SURFLANT and SURFPAC has contributed more heart and brain matter to this effort (Fleet Crew Endurance) – John has literally remade the way Navy Sailors stand watch and thereby directly and positively impacted Fleet Readiness – forever”. - RDML Jesse A. Wilson, 28 June 2019.

A native of Rome, Georgia, Captain (ret) Cordle is a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering. He has since earned a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Planning from the Naval War College, a Master of Arts Degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University and in 2019 earned his PhD in Human Systems Engineering. After six years as a Program Manager for Maintenance University at Huntington Ingalls Industries, he has rejoined Government Service as a Navy Human Factors Engineer to further leverage his research. Captain (ret) Cordle’s passion for human engineering began during his tour as Commanding Officer of USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56) where he participated in a circadian watch study for the Naval Postgraduate School. His work resulted in an authoritative knowledge center for crew endurance complete with videos, handbook and website. Coming on the wake of the USS JOHN S. MCCAIN and USS FITZGERALD collisions in 2017, his research resulted in major naval policy change, demonstrating with clarity the importance and applicability of his work in human engineering.

There is no question, that Captain Cordle is one of the Navy's preeminent subject matter experts on Human Systems Engineering. The editor of PROCEEDINGS Magazine calls John the "conscience of the Navy." Capt Cordle continues to speak on topic at many public forums, is quoted extensively in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Navy Times and has a long list of published articles such as the highly recognized article in the PROCEEDINGS - "A Sea Change in Standing Watch."

Captain Cordle’s body of work aligns perfectly with the purpose of the ASNE Solberg Award, as his groundbreaking work offers clear evidence that his research transcended from the theoretical to the practical in the truest sense in that his work literally changed the way the United States Navy operates their ships. Based on his past and continued contributions to research, Captain John P. Cordle is clearly deserving of the Society’s 2019 Solberg Award.