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.

Spotlight

Longhorn Rocketry Association group

Hands-on Education

Undergraduate Student Projects

It is our mission to turn our students into future leaders in the field while providing them with valuable hands-on engineering experience. 

Read More

welcome new faculty image

Faculty

ASE/EM Welcomes New Faculty

This spring, ASE/EM welcomes four new faculty members in the areas of Controls, Autonomy and Robotics, Orbital Mechanics, and Solids, Structures and Materials.

Read More

faculty recruiting image

Faculty Positions

Join Our Faculty

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

Read More

Department News

February 1, 2017

ASE/EM Celebrates Wallace Fowler’s Excellence in Teaching

On January 26, alumni, students, faculty and staff celebrated Professor Wally Fowler's over fifty years of service to The University of Texas at Austin.

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.

Upcoming Seminar

February 23, 2017

Active Deformation and Instabilities in Soft Materials

Dr. Shengqiang Cai

Location: WRW 102
Time: 3:30 pm

At UT Aerospace, the Sky is Not the Limit!

video play why ase at ut

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!

 

 

7th Aerospace Engineering Graduate Program

U.S. News & World Report

8th Aerospace Engineering Undergraduate Program

U.S. News & World Report

4th Most Influential Research Institution in Aerospace

Thomson Reuters State of Innovation Report

69k Median Salary for Undergraduates

Cockrell School of Engineering Career Assistance Center