University of Kentucky

Hall of Distinguished Alumni

Margaret Ingels

Born in Paris, Ky., on October 25, 1892. Died, December 13, 1971. Research Engineer. University of Kentucky, B.S.M.E., 1916; M.S. M. E., 1920; LL.D., 1957. Died, December 13, 1971.

She was associated with Carrier Engineering Corporation, Syracuse, New York, for many years. She was the first woman graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering and the second woman graduate in the United States.

As a research engineer, she contributed many scientific papers on heating and ventilating engineering. She also served in the Research Laboratories of the American Society of Heating and Ventilation Engineers, and sat on the New York Commission on Ventilation.

The University awarded her the honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1957.

At one time she worked with the Chicago Telephone Company.

She published 45 articles in various technical magazines and wrote the book, "Willis H. Carrier, the Father of air-conditioning." Her monograph on "Fayette County Government," was published in 1964.

Memberships were held by her in the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers, Pi Tau Sigma (honorary, UK) and in 1940 she was saluted as one of a hundred women in the United States who had successfully entered careers that were not open to women in 1940.

She was a member of the executive board of the Children's Bureau in Lexington and a member of the Advisory Committee for Fayette County Juvenile Court.

Margaret Ingels was named to the Hall of Distinguished Alumni in February 1965.