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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Philip Varghese Receives Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

Professor Philip Varghese was selected to receive the UT System's prestigious Regents' Outstanding Teacher Award.

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Though Increasing in Numbers, Still Room for More Women in Aerospace

Graduate student Kelley Hashemi says that there is still plenty of room for more women in aerospace engineering.

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Multiple tenure-track faculty positions are open at the rank of assistant professor with a start date of Sept. 2016. Non tenure-track positions are also available.

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July 1, 2016

Interdisciplinary Student Team Wins Prize Money at UAV Competition

The UT Austin UAV team competed in the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International SUAS Competition returning with $1,600 in prize money.

June 10, 2016

Thomas Hughes and Mary Wheeler Receive 2016 Moncrief Grand Challenge Awards

Professors Thomas Hughes and Mary Wheeler have been selected to receive 2016 ICES Grand Challenge Awards.

June 6, 2016

Armand Chaput Wins Best Paper Award for New Systems Engineering Education Approach

Armand Chaput has been selected to receive the Best Paper award from the ASEE Systems Engineering Division for 2016.

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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