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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Student Aircraft Design

WATCH: UT Students' Drone Could Help Austin Firefighters

Watch this KVUE News video on the work UT aerospace engineering students are doing with the Austin Fire Department using search and rescue drones.

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Alumni Changing the World

Alumna Co-Founds Eco-friendly Hammock Structure Startup

ASE alumna Olivia Nguyen is a co-founder of a startup company that has developed an eco-friendly hammock structure with reclaimed steel.

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Faculty Positions

Join Our Faculty

We are currently searching for two full-time faculty positions with a start date of September 2017.

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Department News

November 30, 2016

Thomas Hughes and Former Students Named 2016 Highly Cited Researchers

Professor Thomas J.R. Hughes and eight of his former graduate students were named Highly Cited Researchers 2016 by Thomson Reuters for the period 2002 through 2012.

November 3, 2016

Cockrell School Rises to No. 3 in Graduation Rates for Minority Engineering Students

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has ranked the Cockrell School of Engineering the No. 3 producer of minority engineering graduates in the nation and the No. 1 in Texas.

Upcoming Seminar

December 12, 2016

Using Far-field Measurements for Determining Mixed-Mode Interactions at Interfaces

Chenglin Wu

Location: WRW 113
Time: 2:00 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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