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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. 


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FLEET Boat Building Challenges

As part of the hands-on science activities, we will ask for pictures of boats designed for different tasks. All boats should be made from recyclables (used cardboard, water bottles, etc.), and no individual piece can be longer than 13 inches. The five competitions will close on these dates:

  • June 24:

    Stable Boat I: Create a boat that can hold 2 or more empty water bottles securely. Scroll down to see some of the excellent submissions!

  • July 19:

    Stopping the boat: Engineer a solution to stop a boat exactly where you want without pushing the boat.

  • July 26:

    Tall ships: Build a boat that is as tall as possible!

  • August 9:

    Stable boat II: Survive the wave! Like the Stable Boat I, but now simulate a wave to demonstrate the stability of your ship!


Perfect summer break at the pool, or in the lake. Trapped inside on a rainy day? Use the sink!

Think like an engineer

Test and Retest!

Share your best attempt!

Plan, build, test, and repeat! Work toward better solutions.

Testing is important! There are no failures, just new information to use for the next design

Email us your best boats and we will share them below!


Stable Boats examples

Here are some Stable Boats that students created.

How to submit

Simply upload your picture to the Forum or email it to us (fleet@navalengineers.org).

We will post some of the most interesting images on this page so that others can see your exciting work.

We will not share your name, location or email address with your work and may crop your images to preserve your anonymity. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us at fleet@navalengineers.org.


One Last Word

To get the most out of this fun activity, encourage everyone to use words like "forces", "stability" and "balance."

Previous Strong Boats examples

Here are some previous attempts at building Strong Boats.