The University of Kentucky Women in Engineering (WiE) Program is dedicated to empowering women who are interested in pursuing an engineering or computer science degree. WiE provides various resources, mentorship, and engaging programming to support current and prospective female engineering students throughout their academic and professional journey. From career development to academic support, to female-led engineering student organizations, WiE at the University of Kentucky is a place where women can learn, grow, and connect with a community of like-minded students who share a common passion for engineering.
Margaret Ingels was the first female engineering graduate from the University of Kentucky, and the second in the United States, receiving her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree in 1916. Additionally, she was the first woman in the United States to earn a graduate degree in mechanical engineering. She went on to pioneer the development of air conditioning while working for Carrier Corporation.
Since Ingels graduated from UK, the number of females pursuing engineering degrees has grown exponentially. Female identifying students now make up approximately 23% of the total engineering student body and 218 female students are expected in the Fall 2023 incoming first-year class – the largest in the history of the Pigman College of Engineering.
WiE Student Organizations
Association for Computing Machinery for Women
ACM-W at the University of Kentucky aims to raise awareness of the issues faced by women in technology, prepare students for careers in technology, as well as encourage women to join and stay in the field through outreach, networking, and mentorship.
Phi Sigma Rho Social Sorority
Phi Sigma Rho is a sisterhood of women in engineering and technical studies. Our core values are friendship, scholarship, and encouragement.
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
SWE is a professional organization dedicated to stimulating women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expanding the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrating the value of diversity.
Engineering Grand Tour
Engineering Grand Tours allow families to learn about our engineering program, scholarships, co-ops and hear directly from professors and students. You’ll visit state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories as well as the new engineering residence hall. Grand Tours occur on Mondays throughout the academic year.
Engineering Information Session and Tour
Engineering Information Sessions are one-hour meetings with a UK Engineering Recruiter to learn about our engineering program, scholarships, co-ops and internships, housing, and more. You’ll also tour the engineering facilities.
Lunch with Society of Women Engineers
You are invited to lunch with the UK Society of Women Engineers (SWE) prior to the Engineering Grand Tour! Learn about what SWE has to offer while meeting new friends. Lunch is offered for free in Champions Kitchen. Families of the prospective student are welcome to join too!
Women in Engineering Day
During the Women in Engineering (WiE) Day, high school students will meet alumni, faculty, staff and students as they explore UK Engineering. Learn about the process of applying to UK, discover what it takes to be a successful engineering student, meet UK Engineering staff and faculty, and engage with current leaders in the UK Society of Women Engineers. Parents and guardians will also learn how they can help their students pursue a career in engineering during a special parent/guardian workshop. A free lunch in Champions Kitchen will be provided for those who attend WiE Day.