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Historical Timeline

1959

Arlington State College elevated to senior-college status and specifically called for the creation of a new School of Engineering offering five baccalaureate degrees: Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering.   (Aeronautical was later changed to Aerospace.)

Dr. Wendell Nedderman becomes the founding dean of the School of Engineering (later elevated to the College of Engineering)

Dr. Jack Woolf becomes president of Arlington State College (later renamed The University of Texas at Arlington)

Junior year in EE and ME phased in.

1960

Woolf Hall is constructed to alleviate space problems, assist with the development of curricula and faculty recruitment.

Junior year in CE phased in.

1961

First baccalaureate degrees conferred in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.  There were 23 graduates in the first graduating class.

The first computer, an IBM 1620, was purchased for the Computer Science Engineering Department.

Junior year in IE phased in.

Pilot Student Technical Groups formed in baccalaureate degree area.

Student Branch Chapter formed in Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE)

1962

The first baccalaureate degrees in Civil Engineering were conferred.

Student Chapter formed of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the largest chapter in the nation for some time.

1963

The first baccalaureate degrees in Industrial Engineering were conferred.

Junior year in AE phased in.

Student Chapter formed in American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE)

1964

Student Chapter formed in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 

1965

The first baccalaureate degrees in Aerospace Engineering were conferred.

Arlington State College becomes part of The University of Texas System.

Student Chapter formed in American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Student Chapter formed in American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

1966

UTA’s first Master’s programs were approved, including Electrical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.

Student Chapter formed in Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), EE Honor Society

Student Chapter formed in Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

1967

Arlington State College’s name changed to The University of Texas at Arlington.

Student Chapter formed in American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Student Chapter formed in American Helicopter Society.  First student chapter in the nation.

Student Chapter formed in American Institute of Industrial Engineers (AIIE)

1968

All five baccalaureate degree programs were accredited by the Engineering Council of Professional Development.

Master’s programs were approved for Civil, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering.

Proposal submitted for Ph.D. program in Engineering.

75% of faculty held doctorates from 21 different universities.

At least 128 graduates placed in graduate schools at 27 universities from coast to coast.

First master’s degrees in engineering conferred.

The College of Engineering hosted 13 student honor societies and technical society chapters in the College, including Tau Beta Pi (TBP), the national engineering honor society.

Dr. Frank Harrison took office as president of UT Arlington.

1969

Dr. Andrew Salis became dean of engineering.

Coordinating Board approved Ph.D. program in Engineering.

1971

UT Arlington students adopted the Mavericks nickname in 1971 after controversy over the former Rebel theme and Old South symbols.

First Master’s in Computer Science was approved.  First degrees were conferred in 1974.

First Ph.D. degrees conferred.

1972

Dr. Wendell Nedderman became president of UT Arlington.

1974

Ph.D.  in Bioengineering established (Joint program with UT Southwestern Medical School)

1976

Ph.D. in Computer Science was established under the Undifferentiated Engineering umbrella.

1979

First baccalaureate degree in computer science and engineering conferred.

1980

Computer Science and Engineering Department was established.

1981

Dr. John Rouse became dean of engineering.

1982

Doctoral programs in Aerospace, Civil, Computer Science, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical, Engineering Mechanics, Industrial, Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering are approved.

1983

Computer science and engineering baccalaureate program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

1985

The UT System Board of Regents appropriated nearly $40 million for the construction of two new buildings: Nedderman Hall (244,000 square feet) and the Aerospace Research Building (10,000 square feet) as well as a total renovation and considerable reconstruction of the first engineering building, Woolf Hall (130,000 square feet).  The groundbreaking occurred on April 16, 1986.

1986

A $10 million gift from the Fort Worth Chamber Foundation and Newell & Newell Developers created the 48,000-square-foot Advanced Robotics Research Institute (later renamed the Automation & Robotics Research Institute).

1987

Dr. John McElroy became dean of engineering.

1988

Nedderman Hall was dedicated.

1992

Dr. Ryan Amacher became president of UT Arlington.

1995

Dr. Robert Witt became president of UT Arlington.

1996

Dr. J. Ronald Bailey became dean of engineering.

2000

Dr. Bill Carroll became dean of engineering.

2001

Nanotechnology Research and Teaching Facility opened.

2002

First baccalaureate degree in computer science conferred.

First baccalaureate degree in software engineering conferred.

2003

Dr. Charles Sorber became interim president of UT Arlington.

2004

James Spaniolo became president of UT Arlington.

Baccalaureate programs in computer science and software engineering accredited by ABET.

2008

A $3 million Optical Medical Imaging Lab facility consisting of four lab bays operated by UT Arlington College of Engineering Bioengineering faculty opened at UT Southwestern.  Projects conducted at the Optical Medical Imaging Lab feature a DLP ® Hyperspectral Imager for surgical and clinical use (conducted in association with Texas Instruments) and diffuse optical imaging for functional brain activities and for tumor diagnosis and prognosis under a variety of treatments; and coherent optical tomography to locate targeted nanoparticles that have attached themselves to diseased organs.

A new 26,000-square-foot, $10 million, Civil Engineering Laboratory Building opened on the west side of campus near Maverick Stadium.  The facility houses areas for the study of asphalt/pavement, construction engineering, materials/structures, and geoenvironmental and geotechnical systems.

A groundbreaking was held for the new Engineering Research Complex, which will consist of a 234,000-square-foot Engineering Research Building; 35,000 square feet of additions to and renovations of the existing Engineering Lab Building and the addition of a wide pedestrian mall and new gateway to the campus from the north.

Baccalaureate programs in computer science and engineering changed to computer engineering.

2009

The College of Engineering celebrates its 50th anniversary with a kickoff event and ribbon cutting of the newly expanded and renovated Engineering Laboratory Building.

2011

The Engineering Research Building was opened.

2012

Dr. Jean Pierre Bardet became dean of engineering.

A Baccalaureate program in Biomedical Engineering began.

2013

Dr. Khosrow Behbehani became dean of engineering.

2014

The Civil Engineering Department added a Master of Construction Management degree program.

Graduate and undergraduate certificate programs in unmanned vehicle systems were added in the Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Departments.

2015

The Civil Engineering Department added an Architectural Engineering bachelor's degree program.

2016

Dr. Peter Crouch became dean of engineering.

2017

The Civil Engineering Department added a Bachelor of Construction Management degree program.

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