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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Faculty Research

Keeping UAVs Safe Using Game Theory

Efstathios Bakolas is developing algorithms to help keep unmanned autonomous vehicles safe during maneuvers.

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Upcoming Event

ASE/EM Fall Festival 2016

Members of the ASE/EM community are invited to join us for Texas barbecue and student-led activities on Friday, Oct. 14 from 4-6 p.m.

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Faculty Positions

Join Our Faculty

We are currently developing a pool of candidates for possible temporary/non-tenure track full or part-time positions to teach undergraduate and graduate courses.

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Department News

September 20, 2016

Thomas Hughes Receives University Co-op Career Research Excellence Award

Professor Thomas Hughes was selected to receive the 2015-16 University Co-operative Society’s Career Research Excellence Award.

September 20, 2016

Alumnus Stavros Gaitanaros Wins Bureau Prize

Stavros Gaitanaros was selected to receive the Bureau Prize based on a paper and presentation to the 2016 Congress of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

Upcoming Seminar

September 29, 2016

Electric field and plasma interactions with flames: From fundamentals to modeling and applications

Dr. Fabrizio Bisetti

Location: WRW 113
Time: 3:30 pm

At UT Aerospace, the Sky is Not the Limit!

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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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