• The Civilian Pilot Training program was established under the auspices of the Civilian Aeronautical Administration. Students who completed both ground and flight training in this program entered both the Army and Navy Air Corps.


  • The Engineering, Science and Management War Training Program contributed a full-time, one-semester course in the elements of Aeronautical Engineering to the University of Texas at Austin.


  • Dr. Milton Thompson proposed building an aeronautical research center at The University of Texas at Austin.
  • The Department of Aeronautical Engineering, with a more extensive course curriculum for the undergraduate program, was formed with Dr. Milton Thompson as its chair.
  • The Curtiss-Wright Engineering Cadette Program, one of the first organized efforts to recruit women as engineers, was conducted at The University of Texas at Austin.


  • The first B.S. degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the Department of Aeronautical Engineering were awarded.


  • Dr. Milton J. Thompson and Dr. C. Paul Boner organized The Defense Research Laboratory for advanced research in military technology.
  • The first female graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Facilities were built for research in thermodynamics and flight mechanics.


  • The Off Campus Research Center (later the Balcones Research Center, then the Pickle Research Campus) was established.


  • The Engineering Mechanics Department was established.
  • The first M.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from the Department of Engineering Mechanics was awarded to Robert Felgar.


  • The Department of Aeronautical Engineering granted its first Ph.D.

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