In 1946, the Institute of Mechanics and Aeronautics of Poitiers (IMAP) welcomed the first students who became, two years later, the first ENSMA engineers. Indeed, on January 16, 1947 the decree specifying the creation of Ecoles Nationales Supérieures d’Ingénieurs (ENSI), graduate engineering schools, was published in the Bulletin Officiel.
On March 27, 1948, 6 schools were chosen, located in Grenoble, Toulouse, Nancy, Nantes, Paris and Poitiers. In October 1941, anticipating the future, Henri Poncin selected a twenty-student class under the aegis of what would become ENSMA. In 1984, the law on higher education and the ENSIs’ statutes was passed.
In 1986 ENSMA acquired the status of administrative public body, according to the #86-640 decree of March 14, 1986 defining the operation and organization rules of some engineering schools linked to a public scientific, cultural and professional higher education school (University of Poitiers).
In 2011, ENSMA adopted the ISAE brand and became known as ISAE-ENSMA. Indeed, the Higher Institute of Aeronautics and Space took the initiative to decline its brand towards French schools respecting a common charter of values and sharing collective development projects.
In 2017, the ISAE-ENSMA becomes a public scientific, cultural and professional institution (EPSCP) among “non-university institutes and schools”. It thus crosses the last stage in autonomy, after the “RCE” in 2013.