Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


  • 1895 (circa) Department of Mechanical Engineering established


  • 10/29/1937 First female Mechanical Engineering student

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

  • DefaultKatharine Stinson outside of Broughton Hall


  • 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.

  • DefaultGroup 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.

  • DefaultKatharine Stinson with three students


  • 1966 Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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