1950

  • The Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory was founded by Milton J. Thompson in the Defense Research Laboratory to perform research on supersonic boundary layers at speeds five times faster than sound.

1951

  • The Department of Engineering Mechanics granted its first Ph.D. to Robert Felgar.

1953

  • The Container Research Laboratory (later the Structural Mechanics Research Laboratory) was established under the leadership of J. Neils Thompson.

1958

  • The Engineering Laboratories Building (later the W.R. Woolrich Laboratories) was constructed.

 1959

  • The Department of Aeronautical Engineering was renamed the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

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