Jeannie Flynn-LeavittAfter her graduation from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 1990, 2nd Lt. Jeannie Flynn-Leavitt joined the United States Air Force. At the time, women were not allowed to serve during flying combat missions or aboard most Navy warships. On April 28, 1993, Defense Secretary Les Aspin ordered service chiefs to drop these restrictions.

Following the repeal, the U.S. Air Force named the first seven women to fly combat aircraft in the USAF. 2nd Lt. Jeannie Flynn-Leavitt was among these women and later became the first woman to actually enter fighter lead-in training.

Flynn completed training in 1994 in an F-15E Eagle and went on to log more than 2,000 hours in the F-15E by 2003.  This included 200 hours of combat time in Operation Allied Force. She was the first female fighter pilot to graduate from the USAF Weapons School at Nellis AFB, Nevada, and was an F-15E instructor at the school, making her, once again, the first woman to hold this post.

ASE Alumni Jeannie Leavitt Becomes First Female Wing Commander

UT Aerospace alumna Col. Jeannie Leavitt (BS ASE ’90) has made history by becoming the first woman to take command of an Air Force combat fighter wing in North Carolina. Read the Fox News story.

After Col. Leavitt graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1990, she joined the United States Air Force. At the time, women were not allowed to serve during flying combat missions or aboard most Navy warships. On April 28, 1993, Defense Secretary Les Aspin ordered service chiefs to drop these restrictions.

Following the repeal, the U.S. Air Force named the first seven women to fly combat aircraft in the USAF. Col. Jeannie Flynn-Leavitt was among these women and later became the first woman to actually enter fighter lead-in training. Now, she has made history once again by becoming the first female wing commander.

Watch the Huffington Post video interview with Jeannie here.

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January 11, 2017

Maruthi Akella Selected as IEEE Distinguished Lecturer

Maruthi Akella was selected as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer to represent the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society for the class of 2017.

January 6, 2017

Renato Zanetti Elected Fellow of American Astronautical Society

Renato Zanetti has been elected fellow of the American Astronautical Society for outstanding contributions to astronautics.

Upcoming Seminar

January 30, 2017

Multiple Hypothesis Joint Probabilistic Data Association Filter and Smoother for Unique Space Object Identification

Dr. Moriba Jah

Location: POB 2.402
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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The UT Aerospace Engineering program offers a wide variety of real-world, hands-on opportunities to our students beginning with the first day they set foot on campus. Watch this video to learn more from our students about their educational experience at UT ASE/EM, where the sky is no longer the limit!

 

 

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