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Historical Timeline


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.


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

Junior year in CE phased in.


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)


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.


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)


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


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)


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)


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)


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.


Dr. Andrew Salis became dean of engineering.

Coordinating Board approved Ph.D. program in Engineering.


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.


Dr. Wendell Nedderman became president of UT Arlington.


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


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


First baccalaureate degree in computer science and engineering conferred.


Computer Science and Engineering Department was established.


Dr. John Rouse became dean of engineering.


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


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


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.


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).


Dr. John McElroy became dean of engineering.


Nedderman Hall was dedicated.


Dr. Ryan Amacher became president of UT Arlington.


Dr. Robert Witt became president of UT Arlington.


Dr. J. Ronald Bailey became dean of engineering.


Dr. Bill Carroll became dean of engineering.


Nanotechnology Research and Teaching Facility opened.


First baccalaureate degree in computer science conferred.

First baccalaureate degree in software engineering conferred.


Dr. Charles Sorber became interim president of UT Arlington.


James Spaniolo became president of UT Arlington.

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


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.


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


The Engineering Research Building was opened.


Dr. Jean Pierre Bardet became dean of engineering.

A Baccalaureate program in Biomedical Engineering began.


Dr. Khosrow Behbehani became dean of engineering.


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.


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


Dr. Peter Crouch became dean of engineering.


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


The Science & Engineering Innovation & Research, or SEIR, Building opened in August. Researchers in the building focus on health-related issues, and several faculty from the Computer Science and Engineering and Bioengineering Departments moved into SEIR labs.