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

Sirohi Group Receives Grant to Research Novel Helicopter Rotor System

Jayant Sirohi's research group has received a $550,000 grant to continue research on a cutting-edge helicopter rotor system.

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Student Spotlight

Aerospace Students Improve Access to Clean Water for Guatemalan Village

This summer, aerospace engineering students participated in a service project to bring clean water access to a Guatemalan village.

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Faculty Positions

Join Our Faculty

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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Department News

August 25, 2016

UT Center for Space Research Hosts STEM Outreach Program

This summer, UT Austin's Center for Space Research hosted a STEM outreach program for high schoolers.

July 29, 2016

Andrea Chavez Selected to Receive Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award

Andrea Chavez, B.S. ASE 2004, was selected to receive a 2016 Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award.

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.

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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