Mission, Vision, Goals & Objectives


The mission of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers is to advance the art, science and practice of naval architecture, marine engineering, ocean engineering and other marine-related professions. 


· SNAME will be the international organization of choice for engineers and other professionals in the marine industry, providing valuable and relevant services to all its members.

· SNAME and its members will be recognized by their peers as the technical leaders in the advancement of the marine industry.

· SNAME and its members will be recognized by the public and by governments as responsible technical authorities and valuable contributors to society.


· SNAME shall enable the global exchange of knowledge and ideas relative to the marine industry.

· SNAME shall work to further education in engineering as it relates to the marine industry.

· SNAME shall encourage and sponsor research and development in naval architecture, marine engineering, ocean engineering and other marine fields.

· SNAME shall promote the professional integrity and status of its membership.

· SNAME shall promote the public image of engineers, of other professionals in the marine industry and of the marine industry itself, and shall work to ensure that public policy on maritime issues is technically sound.

· SNAME shall manage its financial affairs in such a way as to be both cost-effective in its day-to-day operations and secure in its future.

· SNAME shall administer itself and operate using a well-organized and efficient staff that works to support the other goals and activities of the Society. 


A. Knowledge Management

· Support the local sections in their exchange of information and ideas.

· Organize meetings, conferences and symposia for the specific purpose of exchanging information and ideas.

· Maintain an easily accessible library and database of technical literature.

· Publish a broad range of books, periodicals, technical bulletins and other materials that are of value to the profession, to the marine industry and to the general public.

B. Education

· Promote an interest in the marine industry among students.

· Administer scholarship funds for undergraduate and graduate students in naval architecture, marine engineering, ocean engineering and other marine fields.

· Work with accrediting societies, educational institutions and public education authorities to ensure that programs of education in marine disciplines are maintained at appropriate levels.

· Work with industry, educational institutions and public education authorities to ensure that engineers in the marine industry have access to adequate programs of continuing education to assist them in advancing and maintaining their professional status.

C. Technology and Research

· Organize and manage a research program that addresses all aspects of the design, construction and operation of ships, marine vehicles and structures.

· Participate in and, where appropriate, financially support other relevant research programs.

· Correspond, cooperate and collaborate with relevant domestic and international research programs.

D. Membership

· Increase the membership, both in North America and worldwide.

· Organize and support the membership in a network of local sections.

· Establish and apply criteria for admission to the various grades of membership in the Society.

· Establish and enforce a code of ethics for the professional behavior of members. 

E. Planning and Policy

· Work to advance the Society by planning new initiatives, considering development of new committees and alliances, coordinating international activities, expediting by-law changes, and coordinating and maintaining the Society’s Strategic Plan.

· Plan the Annual Meeting and other Symposia to be appealing and relevant to our members.

· Seek to increase SNAME’s international presence and to enhance the professional benefits to SNAME’s members by working with the Council, Executive Committee, and other committees.

· Work with other professional engineering societies and related organizations to promote the status of the engineer in society.

· Undertake a public relations program aimed at educating the general public concerning the economic and societal impacts of the marine industry.

· Recognize, publicly and with appropriate publicity, the achievements of individual members of the Society or organizations within the marine industry.

· Work to ensure that public policy relating to the marine industry is firmly based on sound engineering principles and reliable data, particularly in relation to safety, security and protection of the environment.

· Be the primary source for reliable technical information and provide points of contact for the media on marine issues of current significance.

· Establish and promote practices and procedures that foster professionalism and enhance the status of marine professionals. 

F. Finance

· Manage the financial affairs of the Society in such a way as to provide the services required with the resources available.

· Develop a reserve fund large enough to meet any likely emergencies.

· Plan the long-term financial affairs of the Society to support the Society’s growth objectives. 

G. Headquarters Administration and Operations

· Plan the Society’s administrative requirements (facilities, staff, etc.).

· Assist as necessary to implement the Action Items contained in this Plan which have been assigned to them.

· Provide strong leadership in advancing and executing initiatives aimed at improving member services as well as streamlining operations.

· Provide sufficient “continuing education” to enhance the training and responsiveness of the Staff to deal with both the challenges AND the opportunities that will present themselves.