Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

1890s

1895 (circa) Department of Mechanical Engineering established

1930s

10/29/1937 First female Mechanical Engineering student

Katharine Stinson, personal friend of Amelia Earhart, is the first woman to enroll in Mechanical Engineering.

Katharine Stinson outside of Broughton HallKatharine Stinson outside of Broughton Hall

1940s

1941 First female Engineering graduate

Katharine Stinson becomes the first woman to graduate from NC State's School of Engineering. Stinson received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree, Aeronautical Option. Stinson was taking flying lessons at the old Raleigh Airport on US-401 when Amelia Earhart flew in for a visit in the early 1930s. When Stinson told Earhart that she wanted to become a pilot, Earhart advised her to become an engineer, a career Stinson pursued in spite of obstacles that ... More

1941 Diesel Program

One of the most significant contributions to the war effort is the Diesel Program, developed by the Mechanical Engineering Department. The program trains more than 1,500 members of the Navy.

Group photo of U.S. Navy ensigns studying diesel engineering at NC StateGroup photo of U.S. Navy ensigns studying diesel engineering at NC State
2/6/1942 Katharine Stinson hired

Katharine Stinson, a 1941 graduate of State College, is hired by the Civil Aeronautics Administration (forerunner of the Federal Aviation Administration) as a junior engineer, making her the first woman to hold this position.

Katharine Stinson with three studentsKatharine Stinson with three students

1960s

1966 Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is renamed the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.