90th Anniversary Celebration
On August 29, 30 and 31, 2019, the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics is hosting a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, the 90th anniversary of the department and the bicentennial of the University of Cincinnati. Register for the event now.
We will be exploring the incredible history of the department, looking at “What’s Next” in aerospace, and celebrating the life and legacy of former UC Professor Neil A. Armstrong.
Historical Timeline of Department
Decision made to create Aeronatical Engineering department. Search for chair begins.
The Aeronautics Engineering program at the University of Cincinnati begins, chaired by Bradley Jones.
Jones had already invented the instruments to navigate in flight without view of the ground - an aviation sextant and Earth Inductor Compass, as well as a flight indicator.
Jones developed the initial curriculum with consulation by Orville Wright.
First Aeronautical Engineering class graduates.
Bradley Jones, department chair, serves on the Civil Aeronautics Bureau, preparing for expanded civilian pilot program as tensions that led to World War II increased.
Ray Bisplinghoff graduates from department. He will go on to serve in the Bureau of Aeronautics, as a professor at MIT, an assistant administrator at NASA, helped plan the Apollo 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 Missions, and as the dean of engineering at MIT.
Department began "Goodyear Girls" training program for women undergraduates to be airplane factory supervisors.
Department changes name to Aerospace Engineering after the launch of Sputnik and subsequent space race.
Graduate programs begin with M.S. and Ph.D. programs in department's newly formed Institute of Space Science.
Graduate program partnership with General Electric (GE) begins that continues today, combining work at GE with thesis research at UC.
The Center of Excellence in Propulsion established with Widen Tabakoff as the director.
Neil Armstrong joins department faculty. He will teach UC aerospace engineering students for nine years.
Awatef Hamed becomes first woman to join aerospace engineering faculty. She will become department head in 2001.
The department establishes a NASA Center in Computational Fluid Dynamics in 1980, one of only seven NASA-funded centers nationwide.
The Gulfstream V receives the Robert J. Collier Trophy for outstanding achievement in U.S. aviation. Richard Johnson, a 1973 graduate of the department, oversaw its design and certification.