After obtaining her Mechanical Engineering degree from Duke University, Ingrid taught high school math at school on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. During this time she became a Solar System Ambassador and made her focus the Navajo community in which she lived, meanwhile adding a stray herding dog to the family.
The following year, taking a sabbatical from the Ambassadorship, she moved to Bangladesh as a Fulbright Scholar to pursue research in flood forecasting and management in collaboration with the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Dhaka, capital city of more than 12 million.
Currently she is pursuing her dream of flight as a test director in experimental flight and having earned her pilot's license while working on aerial refueling tankers in Kansas in 2006. When not flying on the big planes she can frequently be found flying small airplanes over Seattle.