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150 years of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Ohio State

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering can trace its roots back to the foundation of The Ohio State University in 1870. Many buildings around today’s campus are named after important figures that shaped not only the department, but the university as a whole. Although it has been a constant at Ohio State, the department has changed considerably over the years. Areas of study were replaced or added to the department, and developed as technology and understanding grew. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Ohio State has seen many key events throughout its 150-year history. And with the University celebrating its sesquicentennial we look back on the changes 150 years of discovery, innovation and learning have brought to our department.

Use the sliders in the interactive photo gallery below to explore the changes in MAE's 150 year history 

 

The original Robinson Lab housed mechanical engineering during the foundation of the university. Today the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is based in Scott Lab, completed in 2006.

A Mechanical Arts drawing class compared with a modern Mechanical Engineering class

Automotive Engineering Students

Robinson Machine Shop C. 1905 compared to Scott Lab's Webster Machine Shop

The OSU airport

The Nuclear Reactor Lab

Ohio State Campus Map in 1919 and 2020