60 Years of Engineering Excellence

Glenn L. Martin"The way to build an aircraft or to do anything else worthwhile is to think out quietly every detail, analyze every situation that may possibly occur, and, when you have it all worked out in a practical sequence in your mind, raise heaven and earth and never stop until you have produced the thing you have started to make." Glenn L. Martin (1886 - 1955)


Headlines from the Diamondback, the University of Maryland student newspaper

3/3/39 Professor John Younger of Mechanical Engineering Receives Aeronautic Award
3/24/39 Flying Course Here Seen As Possibility by Dean Steinberg
9/19/39 Maryland Gets CAA Air Course
10/17/39 Forty-One Take Aviation Course Offered By CAA
11/7/39 CAA Aviation Students Start Flight lessons
3/15/40 Engineers Conduct Study of Airplanes
3/29/40 Professor John Younger Predicts Great Aviation Future
10/1/40 Professor John Younger Begins Aero Experiments
2/25/41 Professor Younger Receives Asme "Spirit of St. Louis" Gold Medal for Great Service to Aviation
9/19/47 Glenn L. Martin Engineering Building Plans Revealed to Public
1/13/48 Glenn L. Martin Engineering School Building Plans Go To Board
2/25/49 Four Engineering Buildings Cost $2,700,279.48, New Figures Show
3/4/49 Wind Tunnel Opening Slated For April
4/29/49 Martin College Occupied
5/20/49 Wind Tunnel Starts Operation
9/22/49 Aerospace Engineers Now In New Home
3/3/50 Pines, Oaks, Shrubs Planted on Martin College Mud Flats
3/7/50 Glenn L. Martin Institute of Technology Expands Into $8,000,000 Building Project
4/1/52 Engineering College Conducts Tests on Modern Aircraft
4/19/63 Outer Space expands Aerospace Engineering
5/4/66 Wind Tunnel Assists Experimentation
Other significant Dates
1977-78 First Full Year of Operation of Wind Tunnel as part of the Department of Aerospace Engineering
1982 Center for Rotorcraft Education and Research is founded
1987 Composites Research Laboratory is founded
1990 Space Systems Laboratory is founded
1992 Composites Research Laboratory moves to a new 5000-square-foot facility in the Manufacturing Building
1994 NASA Center for Excellence in Hypersonics created
1994 Ranger, a four-armed NASA satellite repair robot is rolled out for display
1995 Smart Structures Laboratory created in the J.M. Patterson Building
1996 Rotorcraft Center and Hypersonics Center moved to J.M. Patterson Building
1997 Flight Dynamics and Control Laboratory founded in the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel Building
1997 Undergraduate students control SAMPEX satellite orbit and attitude determination
1998  Acoustic chamber built for rotorcraft acoustics research
1998 Department's graduate programs are ranked 10th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
1999 Meyers Building undergoes renovation to house aerospace research activities