Cockrell School of Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin

Department History


  • Lt. Jeannie Flynn-Leavitt graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She would later become the first woman selected for U.S. Air Force combat pilot training.

  • Drs. Robert Bishop and Richard Schapery joined the department faculty.



  • Dr. Hans Mark resigned as Chancellor of the University of Texas System and joined the ASE department full-time.

  • The Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures, and Materials was established.

  • The Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory was established by Dr. Graham Carey in order to promote teaching and research specialization in this area.

  • NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson graduated with a Master’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering. She later became the first female astronaut from the University of Texas at Austin and served onboard NASA’s STS-121, a return-to-flight test mission. Read more...


  • Drs. Noel Clemens, Leszek Demkowicz, and David Goldstein joined the department faculty.

  • The Computational Fluid Physics Laboratory was established by Dr. David Goldstein.

  • The Flowfield Imaging Lab was established by Dr. Noel Clemens.

  • The Texas Institute for Computational Mechanics (TICOM) was renamed the Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (TICAM).


  • Dr. David Dolling assumed chairmanship of the department.


  • Dr. Thomas Hughes was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.

  • New interdisciplinary graduate degree programs in Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAM) leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy and Master’s of Science in Computational and Applied Mathematics were approved.

  • Drs. Ivo Babuska, Clint Dawson, and Mary Wheeler joined the department faculty.


  • Dr. Wallace Fowler was inducted into the University of Texas Austin Academy of Distinguished Teachers.



  • Drs. Maruthi Akella and Glenn Lightsey joined the department faculty.