Margaret Ingels

December 6, 2010 in 1960s-1970s

Margaret IngelsMargaret Ingels (1892-1971) was born in Paris, Kentucky. In 1917, she was the first cialisvsviagra-online woman at the University of Kentucky to graduate with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering. She got a jobas an engineer at Carrier in their Pittsburgh office.

In 1920, Ingels was the first woman in the United States to earn the professional degree of mechanical engineer.[1] She became a specialist in air conditioning. Her history of women in engineering (“Petticoats and Slide Rules,” pp. 85-97 in Women in Engineering: Pioneers and Trailblazers. Ed. Margaret Layne. ASCE Publications, 2009) chronicled the lives of women like herself – “petticoat engineers.” She also wrote a biography, “Willis Carrier: Father of Air Conditioning” which was published in 1952. She worked in the field for thirty-two years, retiring from the Carrier Corporation in 1952.

I think this is very interesting due to the fact that she broke down barriers by being a women in a male dominated field. An engineering major for a woman in her days was non-existent and to be the first women to obtain this degree is a major accomplishment. It is so empowering for all women, when barriers are broken down so that other can follow in their footsteps.

[1] “Margaret Ingles,” Hall of Distinction, College of Engineering, University of Kentucky. Accessed 1 December 2010.

1 response to Margaret Ingels

  1. Just like women gaining equality and respect through business, they were also gaining it through education. This is a valuable piece of information. I find it extrmely brave for a women to enter into a field of study that no women has ever studied before.

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