Margaret Ingels became the first woman to receive an engineering degree from the University of Kentucky when she earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1916. She also became the first female to earn a graduate degree in engineering in the United States when she received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1920. Ingels worked in air conditioning at Carrier Corporation, became a spokesperson for the engineering profession and was an inspiration to women interested in engineering. Miss Ingels was posthumously inducted in the College of Engineering’s Hall of Distinction in 1993.
In 1972, Miss Ingels’ estate created a scholarship in memory of her sisters, Kate Ingels Peak and Belle Ingels. Forty-Five years later, her scholarship continues to support female engineering students hoping to follow in her footsteps.