In 1942, The Curtiss-Wright Company developed the Engineering Cadette Programs to train young women for technical positions normally held by men at the time. This was one of the first training programs geared towards recruiting women as engineers. The University of Texas at Austin, along with six other universities, participated in the program. At UT, 100 women of sophomore level or higher received a rigorous forty-week curriculum in aircraft design, principles of flight, mathematics, and mechanics. A number of these women entered aircraft industry following the culmination of the program.


Curtiss-Wright Trainees
Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin "Curtiss-Wright Trainees, World War II." Men of Ingenuity, from Beneath the Orange Tower

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