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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 Vocabulary

This page needs help! We are looking for many college students to take one word and create a 30-60 second video that defines the term. We will pay $35 for the video. 

Please email fleet@navalengineers.org to submit the contract so that we can remove the word from the list below.

Buoyancy: the tendency of a body to float or to rise when submerged in a fluid https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buoyancy

Buoy: an anchored float serving as a navigation mark, to show reefs or other hazards, or for mooring https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buoy

Ballast: heavy material, such as gravel, sand, iron, lead, or water placed low in a vessel to improve its stability https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballast

Bilge:  water or other liquids collected in the ballast   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilge

Beam: the width of a vessel at its widest point   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beam

Capsized: (of a boat) overturn in the water https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsizing

Center of buoyancy: the center of mass of the fluid displaced by a floating or submerged body (as a ship, submarine, or balloon) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buoyancy

Center of Flotation: the center of gravity of the water plane of a vessel http://www.thefreedictionary.com/center+of+flotation

Center of gravity: The point in any solid where a single applied force could support it; the point where the mass of the object is equally balanced. Also known as the center of mass. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centers_of_gravity_in_non-uniform_fields

Current Waterline: where the hull of a ship meets the surface of the water. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterline

Cutter: a particular class of US Coast Guard ships https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Coast_Guard_Cutter

Dry dock: a narrow basin or vessel that can be flooded to allow a load to be floated in, then drained to allow that load to come to rest on a dry platform. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_dock

Displacement: the moving of something from its place or position. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Displacement_(fluid)

Drag: something that impedes motion, action, or advancement. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drag_(physics)

Equilibrium: a state of balance between opposing forces. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equilibrium

Fixed roll position:

Hydrostatic Charts:

Keel/ baseline:   Where the bottom of the boat  is located. During the design process, however, the position of the keel may change, but the baseline is always at the Z=0 position.                                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keel

Log book: a written record of activity, events, or travel. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logbook

List: (esp. of a ship) to lean to one side. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angle_of_list

Maneuverability: a change in the direction of a moving ship. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/maneuverability

Mass: Mass is the quantity of matter in a body regardless of its volume or of any forces acting on it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass

Mariner: a sailor http://www.thefreedictionary.com/mariner

Metacenter: the point of intersection of the vertical through the center of buoyancy of a floating body with the vertical through the new center of buoyancy when the body is displaced. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metacentric_height

Propulsion: the act of driving or being pushed forward. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propulsion

Stability: the property of a body that causes it when disturbed from a condition of equilibrium or steady motion to develop forces or moments that restore the original condition. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/stability

Salvage: The rescue (a wrecked or disabled ship or its cargo) from loss at sea. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/salvage

Throttle: A device controlling the flow of fuel or power to an engine. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/throttle

Transverse metacenter: The point of intersection of the vertical through the center of buoyancy of a ship in the position of equilibrium with the vertical through the new center of buoyancy when the ship is slightly heeled. http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/transverse+metacenter

Trim:  To cause (a ship) to assume a desirable position in the water by arrangement of ballast, cargo, or passengers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trim

Weight: A measurement of the gravitational force acting on an object. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weight

Wheel: a circular frame of hard material that may be solid, partly solid, or spoked and that is capable of turning on an axle of a ship. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship%27s_wheel