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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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Breaking down the question: 

  1. What do you know that "pushes" objects? By "push" we mean change the direction, speed, and acceleration of something else.
  2. How would you make something float that weighs 1.5 pounds? How about something that weighs 1,500,000 pounds? What is the same? What is different?
  3. How would you make something float that is 7.75 centimeters long? How about something that weighs 77.5 meters long? Why?

Hypothesis time! There are no bad guesses, just questions to research. Take 1 minute to write down a hypothesis about why ships float. Then, answer these three questions:

4.  What data would prove or disprove your hypothesis?

5.  What investigation would create this data?

6.   Are there other factors that you need to control to ensure only your hypothesis is tested?



These resources introduce some terminology and ideas that can help you further research this topic. If you are struggling to find information online, one or more of these resources can help you understand more about this topic. Then, you can use this new knowledge to do more research.

This video is only one minute long, but has a lot of information. You may need to watch it 2-3 times, and you definitely should take notes. It introduces many of the words that engineers use when they are designing ships to float.

Archimedes developed a theory over 2,000 years ago that ship designers use today. It is now called Archimedes' Principle and this video will describe how he discovered this idea and how it is used today.


Interested in learning more? Here are more BIG questions: