Campus: Old Westbury Major: Mechanical engineering, concentration on aerospace
Chelseyann Bipat may be far away from her island home, but at NYIT-Old Westbury, she is close to something near to her heart: pursuing a degree that will fulfill her dream of someday designing and building fuel-efficient spacecraft and airplanes. A member of the NYIT women’s tennis team, Chelseyann has made lots of friends on the court, in class, and at the residence halls in Old Westbury.
During Bipat's first semester, she won NYIT’s third annual Astorial Federal Laptop Competition for her video encouraging women to enter engineering and computing science fields and sharing her plans after she gets her NYIT degree. Pictured above is Chelseyann (center) receiving her prize.
Why did you choose to study at NYIT?
The mechanical engineering program and the small student population compared to other schools attracted me to NYIT. I have always loved New York, and NYIT's Old Westbury campus is always beautiful and a perfect balance between a busy city and a calm and relaxing campus.
How did you become interested in mechanical engineering and aerospace?
I've always been interested in aircraft. When I was little, I wanted to be a pilot. As I got older, I became very interested in physics and math. I love those subjects. Mechanical engineering and aerospace combines them.
What kind of experiences have you had at NYIT?
I've had some great dorm experiences, and made a lot of close friends here. I've also learned to adjust to college life and developed better time management skills based on my workload. I hope to be involved in more activities next semester. Being a student-athlete is definitely a great experience. I got to meet great people on the team!
Favorite NYIT Experience
Coming from the Bahamas, I had never seen snow before. During my first winter as a freshman, my friends taught me how to make my first snow angel in the quad. It was awesome!
During my time at NYIT, I have been a resident assistant, head resident assistant, member of IEEE, a student ambassador, and a workstudy student in the Office of Financial Aid.
My NYIT is my second home. I spend a lot of time on campus with my friends, who also call this place their home. I met a lot of people who inspired me and helped me along the way. NYIT has a great learning environment. I love the fact that many of my professors are working engineers and try their very bests to ensure that their student are made aware of every opportunity out there.
What are your career aspirations after graduation?
After graduation, I hope to pursue another degree then get a job in the aerospace testing field, where I can research ways to improve sustainability in air and spacecraft.
I sit in the same seat on the same airline everytime I travel to and from New York.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies include listening to music, playing tennis, drawing, and watching TV. My favorite shows are "House," "NCIS," and "Outsourced."
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