The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) was founded in 1888 to foster research and development in the new technology of steam propulsion and in new materials as applied to Naval warships. ASNE has since expanded its breadth of interest to all engineering matters as related to Naval ship design, maintenance, and operation. Current membership is comprised of over 5,000 engineers engaged in shipboard hull, mechanical, and electrical systems; combat systems; hydrodynamics; naval architecture; nuclear and conventional propulsion; aircraft systems; and a potpourri of traditional engineering disciplines as applied to Naval ships.
- 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
- Promote Naval Engineering as a career field.
- Naval engineering includes all arts and sciences as applied in the research, development, design, construction, operation,
- Maintenance and logistic support of:
- Surface and sub-surface ships and marine craft;
- Aviation and space systems;
- Ocean structures;
- Naval maritime auxiliaries;
- Combat systems, including command and control, electronics, and ordnance systems; and
- Associated shore facilities which are used by the Navy and other military forces and civilian maritime organizations for the defense and well being of the Nation.
Locally, the 500 members of the Tidewater Section support:
- Monthly professional dinner meetings (3rd Wed. of the month)
- Quarterly Fleet Luncheons (near Norfolk Naval Base waterfront)
- Weekly mentoring in algebra at Lake Taylor Middle School
- Two annual collegiate scholarships (funded by ASNE Tidewater)
- Fleet Maintenance, Safety, Environmental and Combat Systems Symposia
- Fleet Engineer of the Quarter
- Annual Quick-n-Dirty Boatbuiding Competition
The Naval Engineers Journal is published bi-monthly by ASNE.