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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. 


Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research under grant N00014-17-1-3142 

Welcome to a unit on Naval Engineering literature

Below you will find rigorous informational materials aligned to high school expectations. There are two videos that reinforce Speaking & Listening skills and three Informational Texts.

  1. Video: Unmanned Surface Vehicle demonstration.
  2. Text: Introducing Unmanned Surface Vehicles

If you are interested in more naval engineering materials, click the "For Educators" tab to the left. Also, please contact us with any questions or suggestions about these materials.

1. Video on Unmanned Surface Vehicle demonstration.


Question Set #1   (Downloads for PDF and Word versions of question set)


While you watch the video, write down any questions you have (including any words you do not know).

After you watched the video, circle any of the words here that you did not know.








































Then, answer these questions. You may need to watch parts of the video again to answer some questions.


1. Who produced this video? _____________________________________________________________

2. How do you know? ___________________________________________________________________

3. What technology previously used some of the robotic technology shown in this video?

  1. Hubble telescope

  2. NASA’s Mars Rover

  3. the new aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford

  4. James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenger submarine

4. Circle the three discoveries allowed for the Swarm technology.

  1. nuclear fusion

  2. nuclear fission

  3. machine perception

  4. artificial intelligence

  5. distributed data fusion

  6. orbiting satellite technology

5. At 5:40 in the video, Rick Simon talks about the “eyes and ears” of a ship. Put an X on the technology listed in Question #4 that gives the ship “eyes and ears”.

6. How does Rick Simon use “guard dogs” to make his point clear at 2:31 in the video?

  1. in a simile about the shape of the boats

  2. in an allusion to the damage ships can cause

  3. in a metaphor for the US Navy’s role in the world

  4. in an allusion to the amount of damage ships can receive

  5. in a metaphor to show that these boats are exactly like guard dogs

  6. in a simile that shows the role of the Swarm ships and the larger ship

7. The narrator mentions CARACaS, and CARACaS stands for Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing. What are the two components of CARACaS?

7a. __________________________________ 7b. _______________________________________

8. What are “surface assets”? ___________________________________________________________

9a. Meggan Schoenberg explains this experiment. What does she say should happen when the adversary approaches?


9b. Is their prediction accurate? How do you know?




10. What types of people worked on the Swarm technology? (Circle all that apply.)

  1. men

  2. women

  3. fast swimmers

  4. university professors

  5. researchers in centers and labs

  6. governments of other countries

  7. Office of Naval Research experts

  8. strong people that can paddle quickly

  9. naval engineers in private companies

11. What do unmanned ships add according to Dr. Robert Brizzolara (5:10)? _______________________

12. What does "autonomous" mean in this context? ___________________________________________

13. What type of engineer is Andreas Marcial? _______________________________________________

14. Why did they interview Andreas Marcial?

  1. He drove a Swarm boat.

  2. He worked on the Swarm boats.

  3. He designed the Swarm technology.

  4. He invented the idea of autonomous boats.

  5. He paid for the research into autonomous boats.

15. Do you agree with the narrator when he says that Swarm is “unleashing a new era in advanced ship protection” (0:29)? Why or why not?





16. Is there anything still unclear about the Swarm technology or this video? You can write it here.





Note: If you want to read, more about this topic see this ONR press release:





Answer Key   Student Site (coming soon)