The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) is a global professional society that provides a forum for the advancement of the engineering profession as applied to the marine field. Although it particularly names the naval architecture and marine engineering specialties, the society includes all types of engineers and professionals amongst its members and is dedicated to advancing the art, science and practice of naval architecture and marine engineering. SNAME interests cover the complete cycle - research, teach, design, build, operate, recycle - for virtually anything that floats anywhere in the world. It is the International Community for Maritime and Ocean Professionals.
Originally founded in 1893 as a United States engineering society, SNAME now has members in almost every seafaring and offshore energy nation and has various international, including student, chapters known as sections. The Society is currently headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.
SNAME offers various membership grades, including student, associate, full member and fellow status. Full members generally have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in naval architecture, marine engineering or hold a degree in engineering and have experience that is associated with ship design, construction or operation. However membership is open to professionals in related industries that comes from all backgrounds and experience.
Marine design is inherently a wide ranging engineering design field and SNAME has members with wide experience ranging from electrical engineering, to weapons systems design, to racing yacht design, to deep ocean engineering, to human factors. Members can be awarded Fellow status upon review and approval of their achievements in the naval architectural or engineering profession as applied to the marine field. The society also awards the David W. Taylor Medal for "notable achievement in naval architecture and/or marine engineering."
SNAME publishes peer reviewed technical papers and authoritative text books on engineering subjects within the marine field. The society also is a repository and forum for original research and analysis through its Technology and Research Committees which are staffed by volunteers with exceptional experience and knowledge in their chosen specialties.