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    • April 13, 2018 8:55 AM EDT
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      ‘Lady Engineer’ Who Took the Pain Out of the Train

      Hey Y'all, just came across this.

      The ‘Lady Engineer’ Who Took the Pain Out of the Train
      Olive Wetzel Dennis spent years test-riding railways, improving everything from climate control to dining-car china along the way.
      by Cara Giaimo April 09, 2018"

      "Dennis retired in 1951, at age 65. She died six years later at her home in Baltimore. Throughout her time with B&O, she spoke to women’s groups about her life and career, encouraging them to pursue their interests to the highest possible level. “There is not a doubt that other women were inspired by her passion for civil engineering,” says Harwood. “She was an excellent role model for aspiring and achieving.”

      Her direct legacy, though, remains largely invisible. Dennis signed over most of her patents to the railroad. Her name does not appear in publicity materials for the Cincinnatian, the train she designed. She also went unmentioned in the advertisements the company took out touting the many new comforts she originated. And as Harwood puts it in her talk, most people outside of the railroading community don’t know who she is."


      https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/olive-dennis-train-comfort-engineer

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      The Lady Engineer: Olive D. Wetzel Dennis


      "Another fearless female, though not in my family tree. Olive Wetzel Dennis was a university graduate and became the first female engineer for B&O Railroad. This is her story.

      "Olive D. Wetzel Dennis was born in 20 Nov 1885 (some sources have her born in 1895) and died in 1957. She held degrees in science and mathematics and earned masters degrees in science and astronomy. She was a graduate of Cornell University being only the second woman to earn a civil engineering degree.Olive started out as a draftsman in 1920 and was promoted to engineer of service in 1921. Olive became the first female engineer for the B&O Railroad, serving as a research engineer with B&O for over 30 years. She was also the first female member of the American Railway Engineers Organization.'

      Olive D. Wetzel Dennis was born in 20 Nov 1885 (some sources have her born in 1895) and died in 1957. She held degrees in science and mathematics and earned masters degrees in science and astronomy. She was a graduate of Cornell University being only the second woman to earn a civil engineering degree.Olive started out as a draftsman in 1920 and was promoted to engineer of service in 1921. Olive became the first female engineer for the B&O Railroad, serving as a research engineer with B&O for over 30 years. She was also the first female member of the American Railway Engineers Organization."

      http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2010/03/the-lady-engineer-olive-d-wetzel-dennis/

    • April 16, 2018 8:10 AM EDT
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      And who said engineers had no degrees.  Later RJD

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