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History

The history of mechanical, aerospace and nuclear engineering at The Ohio State University begins with the mechanical engineering program, which was first housed in the west basement of the original University Hall. Classes in University Hall began in the Autumn of 1873.

 
 
2012
  • Professor Ahmet Selamet becomes Department Chair, July 1, 2012
    Ahmet Selamet
 
2010
  • Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering departments merge
 
2006
  • Peter L. and Clara M. Scott Laboratory completedScott Laboratory
2005
  • Aerospace Engineering and Aviation divided into separate departments.
 
2004
  • Robinson Lab demolished
 
2000
  • Professor K. (Cheena) Srinivasan becomes Mechanical Engineering Department Chair, July 1, 2000
    K. (Cheen) Srinivasan
 
1999
  • Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics merge
 
1995
  • Gas Turbine Lab opens in AARL annex
 
1993
  • Professor Kenneth Waldron becomes Mechanical Engineering Department Chair
    Kenneth Waldron

1988
  • Gas Dynamics and Turbulence Laboratory opens at AARL
 
1983
  • Professor Lawrence Kennedy becomes Mechanical Engineering Department Chair
    Lawrence Kennedy
 
1976
  • Professor James John becomes Mechanical Engineering Department ChairJames John
 
1968
  • Professor Donald D. Glower becomes Mechanical Engineering Department Chair
    Donald Glower
 
1966
  • AARL moves into new facility located adjacent to Ohio State University’s Don Scott Airport
 
1965
  • Boyd Laboratory completed, Nuclear Engineering graduate program established within the Mechanical Engineering department
 
1961
  • Ohio State Nuclear Reactor Lab begins operation
 
1952
  • Professor Salvatore M. Marco becomes Mechanical Engineering Department Chair
    Salvatore M. Marco
 
1950s
  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Research Lab (AARL) opens 
 
1948
  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering department established
 
1946
  • Professor Aubrey Brown becomes Mechanical Engineering Department Chair
    Aubrey Brown
  • Aeronatuical Engineering instruction begins
 
1929
  • Professor Franklin W. Marquis becomes Mechanical Engineering Department Chair
    Franklin W. Marquis
 
1925
  • Automotive wing added to Robinson Lab
 
1908
  • Stillman Robinson Laboratory for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering completedRobinson Laboratory (as seen in June 2003)
 
1906
  • Engineering Mechanics department established
1896
  • Professor William T. Magruder becomes Mechanical Engineering Department Chair
    William T. Magruder
 
1881
  • Mechancial Engineering Department established
  • Professor Stillman Robinson becomes first Chair of the department
    Stillman Robinson
 
1880
  • Mechanical Laboratory opens with six rooms
 
1873
  • Mechanical Engineering Classes begin at The Ohio State University, Autumn Semester, 1873.